About Kirsten Beyer
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Various mind-numbing administrative positions.
Q. Favorite job
A. Being a mother.
Q. High school and/or college
A. Bishop McGuiness High School, Seattle Preparatory School, Loyola Marymount University, UCLA
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. David Permenter
Q. Favorite movie
A. Galaxy Quest.
Q. Favorite television show
A. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. So far, so good.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Let it go.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. My husband, my daughter, and I, doing just about anything together.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Bill Moyers
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Imperiously...or so I've been told.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not having a chance to have one more conversation with my father.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. My daughter...and her literary siblings.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. Me...but thinner.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Owen Meany
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. It's hard for me to see characters a villains...just heroes with competing agendas.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Joseph Campbell. If you don't mind, I'll just sit over here while you talk for as long as you'd like about anything at all.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Reading. There are people who get paid to do that, right?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Compassion, generosity, and wit.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Vegetarian fried rice.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. I could never cut it down to five, but my top three were composed by my husband.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Jane Austen John Irving A.S. Byatt Anne Lammott Sharon Kay Penman
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Pride and Prejudice A Prayer for Owen Meany Possession Bird by Bird Here Be Dragons
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. All of the Harry Potter books.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Don't be afraid to write a shitty first draft.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. I hope she keeps writing...and that means more to me than anyone could know.