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.

You can find Kristin at:


  1. Great interview, Joy! And so nice to have that handy list. I'm taking LittleGirl to the bookstore after school today, and this list will be with me. :o) Happy Monday!

  2. Great interview! I randomly picked up What a Girl Wants years ago and instantly became a fan! I can't wait to read A Billion Reasons Why.

  3. Love it! Especially the cute shoe line. :D I love the title of your one book, With This Ring, I'm Confused. I had to turn and share it with my family who all got a good laugh. I need to read that one. :)

  4. What a Girl Wants was my first Kristin Billerbeck book, and I loved every minute! And this stalking/interviewing thing is such a great idea...and such fun to read! :o)

  5. Aww man I loved this interview, it was so I'm even MORE excited to get my copy of A Billion Reasons Why!!!!

    XOXO~ Renee

  6. Larri- I didn't realize the list was so long until I asked her. I read all the Ashley Stockingdale ones, Split Ends (really enjoyed that) and the Trophy Wives books. Looks like I'm gonna have to get into her back list.

    Shan- I've said on this blog before, Ashley Stockingdale would be one of my literary BFF's. :)

    Casey- If God mentions your shoes, you know you done good. LOL.

    Christy- Glad you're enjoying this series, who should I stalk next?

    Renee- I'm waiting for my copy too. :)

  7. What a Girl Wants was my first introduction to Christian chick-lit fiction and I have been addicted ever since. I even got my mom hooked on the Spa Girls series, which was a task prying her nose out of medical books (my mom is my real life Poppy). Joy, I love when you do these interviews! Kristin understands real women and what makes us tick (or swoon). I'm excited to read her new book.

  8. All Kristin's books sound cute--at least by the titles. I'll have to check them out in the future. Fun interview!

  9. I've seen Kristen's books around, and heard great things about them, but I had no idea she had written SOO many! And now it seems everybody has read What A Girl Wants and loved it, so I'll have to go back and find that one! :) That is, in addition to A Billion Reasons Why. ;)
    Very cute interview!!

  10. Suggestions for more stalking victims.....

    Mary Connealy
    Loree Lough
    Robin Lee Hatcher
    Julie Lessman

    Loree would have a blast with it, and she is such a fun person to get to know. :o)

  11. Actually, Mary and Julie have already been in the hot seat. They were great sports about it too. Click on their names in the sidebar and you can see their interviews. But Loree and Robin sound like good ideas.


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