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POP QUIZ – Jane Kindred

Jane-hatToday’s guest on this week’s POP QUIZ is none other than Jane Kindred. She is the author of The House of Arkhangel’sk trilogy, theDemons of Elysium series, and The Devil’s Garden. Born in Billings, Montana, she now lives in San Francisco, where she writes some of the steamiest love scenes around. Represented by the always fabulous Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary Agency, I am so happy to have Jane on the site today! I’m a huge fan and it’s been such fun reading her books. I hope you enjoy the Quiz!


1. Which would you rather drink for the rest of your natural born life, pop or water?

Water, but it must be sparkling. I generally can’t stand sweet drinks, though I do occasionally crave the bite of a Coke or a root beer.

2. Which television show could you watch over and over and never get bored?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

3. Team Marvel Comics or Team DC Comics?

Marvel. I’m not a big enough nerd to really have a team, but I seem to like more of the Marvel characters.

4. If you could have any super hero save you, who would it be and why?

Iron Man, so long as he’s Robert Downey, Jr. Which pretty much answers the second half of that question. 😉

5. Which quote is the one you live by: “To thine own self be true”, “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can.”, or “Draw me like one of your French girls.”

Number 1, because a) Shakespeare, and b) Who else are you going to be true to if not yourself? You have to live with you.

6. Which book best sums up your philosophies on life?

Can I say The Complete Works of Shakespeare? (Heh. I guess I just did.)

7. If you could bring any fictional person to life and ask him or her a question, who would it be and what would you ask?

Jadis, of C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew. I’d ask her what the deplorable word is.

8. What is the most attractive quality in the opposite sex?

I think the most attractive quality in either sex is being passionate about something.

9. What is the least attractive quality in the opposite sex?

Arrogance. (Again, in either/any sex.)

10. Which would you choose: being a billionaire at a job you hated or making $20,000 doing your life’s passion?

Since I’m a writer, I think the answer to this one is pretty obvious. 😉

11. Define what the word “fear” means to you.

Unending darkness and not knowing what’s in it.

12. Define what the word “happiness” means to you.

Enjoying one’s own company. And cats.

13. Which is more fulfilling: the moment of creating art, or the moment of sharing it with the world?

Creating. The sharing part makes me sick to my stomach.

14. Which is more difficult: the first rejection from an industry insider or the first negative review from your audience?

Industry. Because as much as the sharing part makes me sick to my stomach, I do want to share my work with the world. The first door being closed in your face is devastating because it may mean you’re not good enough (but you have no way of knowing) and it’s only the first of many closed doors.

15. Is there anyone in your life that you love but are afraid to tell how you feel?

Nope. I’ve always thought that was a weird concept. If you’re afraid to tell the person, I’m not sure that’s love.

16. Who do you admire most in your professional life?

JK Rowling, because she wrote the story she wanted to tell while going through hard times, and has managed to not only become hugely successful, but maintains her integrity rather than becoming an entitled, selfish 1-percenter.

17. Who do you admire most in your personal life?

My friend, author LK Gardner-Griffie, who continues writing and supporting other writers in the face of some daunting health issues. In her place, I’d be paralyzed with self-pity and certainly wouldn’t have any patience for anyone else’s problems.

18. To be successful in your field, what traits do you think a person needs to have?

The ability to open yourself up and rip your own heart out to be devoured by others without shriveling into a rocking, sobbing ball. 😉 And perseverance (aka, stubbornness…or maybe just pigheadedness). These days, you also need to be really good at marketing not only your work, but yourself, which is not my strong suit. Writing is fast becoming a field where only extroverts (or those who can do a really good job of pretending to be one) can survive.

19. What motivates you most?

Chocolate. Barring that, definitely external validation. But external validation through chocolate would be ideal.

20. What will you be doing next?

Taking a break after finishing my latest series and germinating new ideas.

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