Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Kate Ryan Williams
Kate Ryan Williams, most recently of The Huffington Post, will fulfill her dream of reading her writing onstage in “Bun in the Oven.”
Kate Ryan Williams has studied primates in Venezuela, been an anthropologist in Alaska, and taught in Texas public schools. Raising three teenage boys with her marine biologist husband is the most adventurous thing she has ever undertaken. She writes about it all. Read her essays and article at http://kateryanwilliams.blogspot.com/
Title of your autobiography (if you had one) “Oh, the Shame of it All”
How did you hear about Oral Fixation? An article in the Dallas Morning News.
What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation? As a writer, a goal of mine has been to read my work aloud in front of an audience. I love going to author events and hearing writers give a reading. I heard David Sedaris speak once in Austin years ago and the audience was so wrapped up in what he was reading – we hung on every word. I said to myself, “One day, that’s gonna be me!”
What other story did you consider submitting to Oral Fixation and why? None yet – but I have a really great one I’m mulling over for “When in Rome.” It involves strippers. Enough said.
What is your favorite smell? Homemade bread baking in the oven. My dad used to make bread, so I have great childhood memories of this.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A writer!
Name one thing you miss about being a kid. The farm I grew up on.
What is the best book you’ve read in the last decade and why would you recommend it? “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. It has everything – love, marriage, birth, death, parenthood, a quest, loyalty, betrayal – and most importantly, it’s told from the point of view of a dog. I’m a sucker for a good dog narrator.
What is the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made? My life is a series of embarrassing mistakes. Some of my most significant accomplishments have come from what other people see as mistakes or really dumb decisions. Even when I look back on some of the things I’ve done I think, “Damn, that was dumb! I can’t believe I did that.” Things like going to Venezuela to study monkeys, moving to Alaska, insisting on natural childbirth and exclusively breastfeeding, moving back to Texas with 3 kids, an old Beagle, a pissed off husband, and no job…I could go on and on. But there were these amazingly positive changes that came out of these dumb decisions. I guess I’m proud to call myself a professional dumbass.
Anything else you’d like to say? Check me out on Huffington Post!
Sneak Peek: “He burst through the double doors of the maternity ward and saw the nurses at their station, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes (It was, after all, 1970). “Hit it, girls!” he announced dramatically, as he was wont to do. They were instantly in motion, taking my mother to the delivery area where fathers were simply not allowed.”