Question (Emily Brown): Can you tell me how and why you wrote Regarding the Fountain?
Answer (Kate Klise): I pounded out the first draft to Regarding the Fountain in one week when I was stranded in my little valley due to an ice storm. I didn't have anything to eat in the house other than microwave popcorn, Diet Coke, and coffee. I also had a newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. And it was in that paper that I read an article about two guys who designed fountains for a living. I wrote the first draft of Regarding the Fountain that week and faxed it to Sarah [Kate's sister, the illustrator] in the middle of the night. She didn't appreciate that part, but she was glad she picked the pages up off the floor as they fell from the fax machine.