From Behind the Curtain
There’s an About the Author/Illustrator page here that answers the questions about who I am as an author and gentle parenting advocate. But some ‘inquiring minds’ want to know more. So, here I am…an open book, so to speak.
If I had to name my three best friends, two of them would be books.
Coffee makes everything better.
I own far more dictionaries and thesauruses than cookbooks (and actually use the dictionaries and thesauruses).
Dark chocolate is the cure for all emotional trauma.
I adore libraries and bridges and old buildings and stairways and fireplaces and rain.
I love anything and everything literary, from the imaginative flights of fiction to the pedantic realities of nonfiction.
My pseudonym, L.R.Knost, is a nod to my all-time favorite writer, C.S.Lewis.
The L in L.R.Knost stands for Linda.
I despise coconut, strawberries, and green beans.
Broccoli is happiness all wrapped up in tiny trees.
Public speaking gives me a stomach ache.
If I could go anywhere on earth for a vacation it would be Paris. “Paris is always a good idea.” ~Audrey Hepburn
The Lord of the Rings. Best movie series ever.
I can put out a kitchen fire in ten seconds flat. Ask me how I know.
Favorite children’s book character…Winnie the Pooh.
Favorite children’s book writer…Dr. Seuss.
Favorite children’s book…’Are you my Mother?’
Favorite person to quote…Albert Einstein.
Favorite football player…Tim Tebow.
Favorite poet…Robert Frost.
I believe decorating should consist of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves on every wall filled with dog-eared books, pictures of my family, and the odd garage sale find.
I enjoy word-play and crack myself up with obscure puns and cheesy jokes that have people alternately shaking their heads in confusion or rolling their eyes at me.
I consider characters in books read years ago as old friends and pull them off of the bookshelf for a visit every now and then.
I fail miserably at almost every ‘crafty’ endeavor, burn dinner embarrassingly often, have tried stapling hems up (more than once, should work, imho), and would rather write an entire novel than fold clothes.
I like cats.
Ice cream is not dessert. It’s the dairy portion of a balanced diet.
Bejeweled is addictive.
I don’t have insomnia. I only need three or four hours of sleep a night. (That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!)
I don’t like swimming or playing sports, but I love to bicycle and walk for hours on end.
There’s no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the fall than watching football and grilling hamburgers with my hubcap and our children…Go Buccaneers!
My sons (6’3″ and 6′) consider me to be height-challenged at 5’1″ and take great joy in coming up with ‘short jokes’ at my expense.
Fun is a six-point word in Scrabble (eighteen points if it’s on a triple-word-score).
I’m a babywearing, breastfeeding, cosleeping, homeschooling, gentle parenting mama of six (from 25-yrs down to 25-months-old) who started out as an unmarried, teenaged, pregnant, terrified girl twenty-five years ago.
Reading tips the joyful chaos of my life more toward joy and less toward chaos.
Writing is better than psychotherapy.
Logic and reason wrapped in compassion, fueled by passion, inspired by faith, and seasoned with a dash of whimsy…my creative muse in a nutshell!
L.R.Knost is a best-selling parenting and children’s book author and founder and director of Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, an online resource for gentle parenting education, articles, and research. Books by L.R.Knost include Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood ; Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages ; The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline ; and Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting (Release date: May 2014) the first four books in the Little Hearts Handbook gentle parenting series, as well as her children’s picture books Petey’s Listening Ears and the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series available from Amazon and other major retailers.