Monday, January 24, 2011

Stalking Kristin Billerbeck!

I discovered Kirstin Billerbeck about five years ago when I saw her on the Today Show talking about What a Girl Wants. I ran right out to buy her book and I've been a fan ever since. Stalker that I am, I searched YouTube for a clip of her and Matt Lauer to include in this interview, but couldn't come up with anything (Kristin must have all the copies at her house).

The last thing you threw away:

Leftover red velvet cake that sat on my desk all day.

A brand of breakfast cereal in your pantry:

Lucky Charms. ( I don't eat breakfast either -- Iced Grande Soy Mocha -- breakfast of champions.)

Three things in your purse:

BlackBerry, a Kindle, Laura Mercier compact

Something that will fall out of your medicine cabinet when I open it:

Something organic. I'm allergic to everything.

A sentence from your rough draft that didn't make the novel:

I work with my editors on bigger concept edits usually. So sentences aren't usually a problem, it's an overall issue. The publisher wanted a billionaire idea, and I said fine, but I didn't want to make them high tech, since I live in Silicon Valley and the nerds driving around out front on their Segways are NO heroes. (I live a block from the Apple building.) So I made him own a chain of organic grocery stores (ie., Whole Foods) -- which of course, wouldn't probably be a billionaire, so we made him a multi-millionaire and Katie jokes with him the whole time about how it really doesn't matter to a special ed teacher if he has millions or billions...

The name of every book you've ever published (so we can track 'em all down):

A Billion Reasons Why
Perfectly Dateless
Perfectly Invisible
Trophy Wives Club
Back to Life
Split Ends
Calm Cool & Adjusted
A Girls Best Friend
She's All That
With This Ring I'm Confused
She's Out of Control
What a Girl Wants
San Francisco
Love Online
An Unbreakable Hope
Blind Dates Anthology
Victorian Christmas Keepsake
Grace in Action
The Prodigal's Welcome
Storytellers Collection II
Heirloom Brides
As American As Apple Pie
Storytellers Collection
Lessons of the Heart
Landlord Takes a Bride
Forever Friends
Fireside Christmas
Meet My Sister, Tess
To Truly See
Strong as the Redwood
Facing Terror (non fiction)

Your favorite not-quite-a-curse word:

Crap. Says it all -- I don't usually use it as a curse word though, I use it more like "stuff" -- Rather because of all the brain books I've read for research, I'm more likely to label an action, OCD, ADD, Narcissistic, etc. Why swear when you can diagnose, know what I'm sayin?

One lousy job from your past:
Customer service for a check printing service where no one in the plant spoke English. (This is my heroine's job in Perfectly Dateless.) I had better jobs but worked for crazy people, so those were actually worse. There are people out there who have no respect for others. One thing I've learned working since thirteen is that how you treat the "little" people is WHO you are.

What sounds would a feline stalker hear while hanging around outside your kitchen window?

Me complaining about my kitchen and how much I hate to cook. Next question...

What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Well done my good and faithful servant -- oh and cute shoes!

Kristin Billerbeck is a best-selling author of over thirty novels, including What a Girl Wants. She is a Christy Finalist, a two-time Carol Award Winner and currently brings her passion for the 1940's era to the contemporary romance, A Billion Reasons Why. She's a fourth generation Californian and currently lives in the Silicon Valley with her family, which includes four kids and one princess dog named Fiona. Fiona, incidentally is named after the mother in The Thorn Birds, not an ogre.

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