Babytalk Magazine is an awesome resource for expectant moms and new parents. From health and safety information to the latest and greatest in baby products, it answers your questions, inspires your nursery design and keeps you up to date with the trends! I had the pleasure of interviewing their Assistant Editor Holly Kapherr, who shared with us some of her most recent inspiration for the magazine as well as some of her most memorable interviews and articles. I love her enthusiasm and the fact that she’s not afraid to call herself a nerd!
Since I was little, I’ve always been a voracious reader – anything I could get my hands on from Hemingway to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Words have always inspired me. I diverted away from writing while I was in college, but found my way back after traveling to Europe and finding my writer’s voice through journal-ing every day. When I got back, I started writing for several publications in my hometown (Orlando, Florida). I was encouraged to apply for an internship with Cooking Light magazine when I was in graduate school, and fell in love with the magazine world while I worked there.
What is your favorite part of your daily work … when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?
If I feel like I’ve had a brilliant idea, one that will inspire someone else or start something big, I feel like it’s been a good day. Those “Ah-Ha!” moments that, in the midst of the chaos of everyday living, remind you what it’s like to be a reasoning human being with the potential to create something amazing at will.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Don’t. Give. Up. Seriously, even if you’ve been shot down a million times, get right back up and keep putting words together. One of the most interesting/most difficult things about being a writer is that you have to be willing to take rejection and criticism at every turn. Getting defensive and self-conscious isn’t going to help you, it’s going to hinder you from growing as a writer and becoming something more than you ever dreamed. Stay open-minded and openhearted and eventually you’ll strike a chord that resonates.
What is your most memorable interview or article?
I write a lot about food and have interviewed many celebrity chefs. One of the most memorable moments in my writing life was meeting and talking to Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of Gourmetmagazine. She’s a hero of mine, and has inspired me through her writing and innovation in the magazine world to become a better writer and editor. I met her at the Key West Literary Seminar in 2010. When she looked at me when we were introduced, I burst into tears! I was so embarrassed and star-struck, and she couldn’t have been more gracious and humble about it. She was everything I’d hoped she would be, and continues to inspire me every single day.
What person/place/event were you most recently inspired by?
When I was in college, a girlfriend and I took a week off from a study abroad program to traipse through the Italian and French Riviera (we had the life, huh?). We hopped trains from Milan, to Sanremo, to Ventimiglia, to Cannes and finally to Nice, where we got on a train back to Paris. I was recently reminiscing about the trip and was inspired to start writing it as a travel essay. The colors and the ocean and the food were so lovely and authentic – that’s a place I’d love to go back to.
Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?
My heart is in Paris, where I lived as a student and then as a personal chef after I graduated from culinary school. There was always something new and beautiful to discover there, from the people to the food to the architecture – there’s no dearth of inspiration there.
Where in the world are you dying to go next?
When I was 11, my parents and I went to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, which has fueled a life-long obsession with all things Middle Eastern. I’d love to go back now that I’m older and have more context for the culture, and since the political climate has changed so drastically, at least in Egypt.
I also just finished the book Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Gilman. It’s a travelogue of traveling in China in the 70s, right after the area was opened to Americans. I’d love to discover all of southeast Asia from China to Thailand to Korea to Vietnam to Hong Kong and Japan. That whole area is so mysterious and intriguing to me.
What is your favorite Rosenberry Rooms product(s)?
I don’t have a specific favorite item, but just the sheer volume of products carried by Rosenberry Rooms is so incredibly helpful when we editors are looking for the perfect product to complement a nursery. A gorgeous glider that comes in 77 different fabrics? That’s an editor’s dream come true!
Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming events or projects?
Things are getting really exciting around the Babytalk offices, so be on the lookout for a new feel and vibe to the magazine starting this summer. We’ll have lots of pop culture, fun stories for our Millenial moms, as well as sticking to our core subjects like baby care and nursery décor, just in a fun, fresh new way.
Now, just for fun:
Favorite Food: Cheese; the stinkier the better. I love a good triple-crème Brie, or piquant Gorgonzola. I’ve been known to have just cheese and fruit for dinner with a glass of wine if my boyfriend is working late and can’t join me.
Favorite TV Show: We always look forward to watching the CBS Monday lineup, starting with How I Met Your Mother. I’m a closet nerd, so I love the geekiness of The Big Bang Theory, and Mayim Bialik, who plays neurologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the show, is featured in our March issue. Check it out!
Favorite Movie: Midnight in Paris. It’s a movie about everthing and everyone I love from art, film and literature.
Favorite Weekend Activity: Getting up early to watch English Premiere League soccer and make breakfast with my sweetheart. Sunday morning yoga at my favorite yoga studio and then brunch afterward is another favorite.
Favorite Musician/Band: Changes day to day, mood to mood, but a perennial favorite is Jason Mraz. I “discovered” him in 2002 before anyone knew who he was and when his concert tickets were $7. Now you can barely get into one of his shows at all! I’ve also loved Weezer from their beginning, Owl City, Nickel Creek, Alanis Morissette, and, yes, the great Elton John.