The Revealing of Kristy Kiernan

The Revealing of Kristy Kiernan

KristyAlthough it’s been two years of waiting for another Kristy Kiernan (Catching Genius, Matters of Faith) book, patience will be rewarded on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 when the award-winning novelist returns to bookstore shelves and online retailers with Between Friends. As brilliant as ever, if not even better, Kristy tells a complex, provocative tale of two women facing life-altering decisions that, either way, will affect each other.

Although the author is a dear friend, my words are TRUTH. Simply read this summation of the Publishers Weekly Review of the novel:

“With realistic dialogue and pinpointed emotions, Kiernan paints a persuasive portrait of the bonds between mothers, daughters, and friends in this inspiring, heartbreaking tale.”

The Divining Wand will offer a full presentation/review of Between Friends on Monday, March 29, 2010 yet, as is tradition, let’s get to know the author from her “official” bio:

Kristy Kiernan was born in Tennessee and raised on the beaches of southwest Florida, where she still lives with her husband. Between Friends is her third novel.

And now here is Kristy revealed:

Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A:Warm, sunny, contemplative, musical, affectionate, smiling, sandy, wordy.

Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: Beware mottos and maxims. They build unnecessary fences with pretty words.

Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: Easy! Beach, book, puppy.

Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: Accidently encountering totally random deadly wild animals. Sharks in the Gulf. Big cats escaped from the zoo. Water moccasins at the edge of the water.

Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: St. George Island.

Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: I’m going to go with Martha Jane Cannery, a.k.a. “Calamity Jane.” Because by the age of 13 she could “cuss as fiercely as any man,” and was considered a “remarkable good shot.” She sounds like a lot of fun, doesn’t she?

Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: There’s this woman down the street who goes for a run every single morning. Sundays. Rainy days. Christmas. I don’t know her, but I’ve named her, “That Woman Who Runs Every Single Morning,” and I find her endlessly fascinating and admirable.

Q: What are your most overused words or phrases
A: Clearly. Obviously. Evidently. Surely. Apparently. Lovely. Fabulous. Excellent. So long, sucker. (I seem to have a need to point out the obvious to people. And to compliment things. And say goodbye in inappropriate ways.)

Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: I’d love to be a really good guitar player. I have a beautiful guitar, and I’ve taught myself some things, but I want lessons.

Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: Well, I’m still here, ain’t I?

Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: I smile all the time. It has recently been brought to my attention that it is not always appropriate.

Q: What’s your best quality?
A: I smile all the time. Because I don’t really care if it’s always appropriate.

Q: What do you regret most?
A: My inability to time travel.

Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: Hmmm, as far as person…I’ve finally figured out my own problems. I certainly don’t want to start all over with someone else’s. Thing? Maybe a sequoia. I’ve always wanted to be taller than 5’4″.

Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: Did I mention the smile?

Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Scarlett O’Hara or Micheal Corleone.

Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Scarlett O’Hara or Micheal Corleone.

Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: I’m not sure I could even name an athlete, much less think of something to say to them!

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Lack of common courtesy.

Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Reading, of course!

Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Career bestselling author.

Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: 1) Empathy.
2) Humor.
3) Good hygiene.

Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Tough one. It’s a toss-up. Either my own bb-q ribs or Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls.

Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: Oh, who could possibly answer this?!
1) And It Stoned Me – Van Morrison
2) You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
3) Here I Am (Come and Take Me) – Al Green
4) Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
5) Harvest Moon – Neil Young
6) Copperline – James Taylor
Yes. That’s six. That’s how I roll.

Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: No. No, no, no. The five favorite songs question very nearly killed me. I can’t do it. Five that helped shape my desire to be a writer or to continue to write, in no particular, and for various reasons, are:
1) Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
2) Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
3) A Season in Purgatory by Dominick Dunne
4) Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins
5) We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

As giving, clever, and honest — as she is literary gifted –, experience more of Kristy Kiernan by following her on Twitter and becoming a fan on Facebook.


Book Giveaway; While awaiting completion and publication of Ad’s memoir, The Divining Wand is giving away two copies of Househusband in a random drawing of comments left on this post. The deadline is this evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT with the winners to be announced in tomorrow’s post.


Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away one copy of Jenny Gardiner’s memoir, Winging it, in a random drawing of all comments left on this post. The deadline is tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT with the winner to be announced here in tomorrow’s post.

4 thoughts on “The Revealing of Kristy Kiernan

  1. Well done, Kristy! I am dying to read your books based on your answers to the above questions! Happiness = book, beach, puppy? Yep. Obsession with the random woman that exercises daily? Awesome. And I totally agree with you, hygiene is probably the most important quality an individual can posses.

  2. As always, I love these questions and often find myself, a) trying to figure out the person by their answers, and b) imagining how I would answer each one.

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