Monday, September 01, 2008

Interview - Kristin Billerbeck

Captain's Log, Stardate 09.01.2008

Today I have an interview with author Kristin Billerbeck about her latest release, Back to Life!

From the back cover:

Widow of one year Lindsey Brindle must learn to rebuild her life with the help of the Trophy Wives Club and her husband's first wife. Lindsey realized when she married Ron, a man 17 years her senior, that the odds were he'd see heaven before her, but she never expected to be a widow at 35. There's too much of life left for her to just sit around in mourning. But she can't seem to kick start the rest of her life. That is until she gets some help from Ron's first wife, Jane, who shows up unexpectedly at her door one day as the executor of her husband's estate.

Jane is everything Lindsey's not: independent, stubborn and a lot older. Plus she has one surprise after another including a son named Ron Jr. (she insists he's not really Ron's son). But an unlikely friendship develops as each woman begins to reevaluate what is really important, and owns up to the mistakes they've made in the past.

Told in the alternating voices of Jane and Lindsey, and with the return of many of the witty characters of The Trophy Wives Club, this book is a lighthearted, relatable read for when life goes in a direction you never planned. With faith and friends, there's always light at the end of the tunnel.

And now, here’s me and Kristin!

What's your favorite scene from BACK TO LIFE?

The scenes with Cherry, Lindsay's old, hard neighbor. I could see Cherry when I wrote her, and hear her. She's a tough, old broad! And sad too, because she's full of experiences, but her wisdom lacks God's insight.

If your heroine were a designer handbag, what would she be and why?

She would be a Hogan because she's straight-forward and practical, and yet still oh so stylish!

Okay, on the same theme, if you had unlimited funds, what handbag would you buy and why?

First off, Italian -- like me. I'm thinking Tod's or Bottega Veneta because they are my faves. Their leather is like buttah!

I'm not into name-brands, I'm into quality. And those two, oh my, the quality!!! The hardware!! The detail!! I'm getting excited and I haven't even had my coffee yet. Bottega does this braiding and beautiful things with the leather and yet, they're not tacky at all. They are beautiful like works of art. I have a great eye for art.

I'm coveting. Bad question! Next!

I know you're as in to coffee as my husband, Captain Caffeine. What's your favorite coffee drink?

Iced Soy Mocha. I'm drinking my homemade concoction now. It has a espresso, soy, ice, a little organic chocolate-mint (less guilt calorie-wise when it's organic) and a banana for energy.

What's your ideal vacation?

The beach with a book. Spa in the afternoon. Preferably Hawaii. With my best friend so we could giggle!

You're off the hotseat! Any parting words?

Life gets so serious as you get older, take your time in life to giggle and dance like no one's watching.

Camy here: Cool! Thanks for being here, Kristin!