As the daughter of a Northeast Arkansas cotton farmer, Talya grew up making mudpies and does her best thinking wearing gardening gloves. She is passionate about writing and spends most days working on various writing projects and blogging at Grace Grits and Gardening. She and her husband, John, live in Dallas with their two miniature schnauzers, Lucy and Annabelle. They have two children in college—Kelsey (Texas Longhorn) and Tate (Arkansas Razorback). House divided…
What would you like to be remembered for, after your death?
That she raised two amazing children and taught them to see special in the ordinary.
Are you are morning or night person?
I am definitely a very early, up-with-the-chickens morning person.
What are your favorite hobbies?
Writing, Gardening, Reading, Yoga, Cooking
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
Amsterdam. I would love to visit Anne Frank’s attic.
What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?
I would love to see my book for sale on the shelves at That Bookstore in Blytheville.
If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
What is that one thing which makes you different?
I hate to shop (unless it involves books or plants).
What’s the one thing, you can’t live without?
If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day and why?
Hmmmm, I’ll have to think on this one. Maybe one of my schnauzers, does that count? Talk about the life!
What’s your favorite movie of all time and why?
Dances with Wolves. I love the whole Cowboy and Indian time period, and I HEART Kevin Costner.
What would you do if you had a million dollars?
Buy a Certificate of Deposit until I thought it through.
What’s your favorite album to listen to over and over and why?
I don’t listen to the same album over and over. I have a wide variety of music on my iPhone which I keep on shuffle.
Would you like to know the day you’re going to die ahead of time? Why or why not?
Nope. That would make me nervous.
What one thing are you most proud of?
My children. They are incredible.
What’s the kindest act you have ever seen done (either to/by you or another)?
Last year my friend organized a surprise birthday party for the homeless man who has ‘lived’ in our neighborhood for years. The entire neighborhood turned out with cards and a cake. He was very surprised and touched and didn’t realize anyone knew who he was.
What is your favorite way to waste time at work without getting caught? (we won’t tell)
I’m lucky enough to be retired now, but when I worked at the bank, it was pretty easy to surf the net without anyone noticing.
You were just given a yacht. What would you name it?
Miss Stalya IV (don’t ask)
If a movie was being made of your life and you could choose the actor/actress to play you, who would you choose and why?
Helen Hunt. I’ve been told I look like her.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car?
A box full of gardening tools and grocery bags.
Tell something that nobody knows about you.
I have a hole in one.
Name the most famous person you’ve had a face to face encounter with (“brush with greatness”).
David Gregory (Meet the Press) and Kool and the Gang.
If you could be any animal in the world for 24 hours, which animal would you be? Why?
Oops I guess I answered this already. Probably Annabelle, my white miniature schnauzer. She is the happiest creature I’ve ever known.
What is your favorite quote?
“I can’t stand rude behavior in a man. I won’t tolerate it.” (Lonesome Dove)
What’s your favorite sport?
College Football and NBA Basketball
If you could plan your ultimate vacation, where would you go?
If you could meet anyone from history, who would you meet and why?
I would love to go back in time, meet George Washington, have dinner at Mt. Vernon, walk the grounds and see what the estate really looked like then.
If you could meet anyone from the Bible who would it be and what would you ask them? (Besides Jesus)
The Apostle Paul. He experienced such a dramatic change.
What is the craziest (or stupidest) thing you have ever done?
Quit my job to write.
If I wasn’t afraid I would _________ (What?)
f you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
Hamburger, onion and jalapeño pizza from Poppa Rollo’s Pizza in Waco, Texas;
Fried fish from Fred’s Fish House in Mountain Home, Arkansas;
Cheddar fries from Snuffer’s in Dallas;
Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream;
a fat Coke with cherries;
and two glasses of white wine…