Random Interview Saturday! Kristen Stieffel

The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.

Today we sit down with Kristen Stieffel over cakes and tea. What sort of cakes and tea? Well, you'll just have to wonder, won't you?

Kristen Stieffel


Kristen Stieffel is a writer and freelance editor specializing in speculative fiction. She’s the associate editor of Havok, a flash fiction magazine focused on the science fiction and fantasy genres. She provides a full range of editorial services and has worked on a variety of projects including business nonfiction and Bible studies, but she is a novelist at heart and has edited novels in many genres for both the general market and the Christian submarket. Kristen is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Christian Editor Connection and teaches at several conferences each year. Website: kristenstieffel.com.'

The Interview

You have superpowers. What are they and what do you do with them?I retrieve lost objects—like using the acccio spell in Harry Potter. I find and return them to their rightful owners. Like the antique pocket watch a burglar stole from my husband's dresser.

If your favorite historical era had an ice cream flavor made in its honor, what would it taste like?

Victorian Cobblestone Street is a dark chocolate ice cream with chopped walnuts, chunks of fudge brownie, and butterscotch chips. Best served with melted caramel topping. I have actually made this, and it is fabulous.

You have to trade places with one of your characters for a day. Which and why?
Astrid Laakkonen, because she flies on an airship … on Mars. Who wouldn't love to do that for a day?  

You're the next Disney princess. What fairy tale is your full length movie and how would you use your new ability to control woodland creatures?
Legend of Ptesan-Wi follows the White Buffalo Calf Woman as she teaches humans and woodland creatures how to support one another. After she departs, it all goes downhill.

What’s the most important lesson you ever learned from a cartoon?
Bambi, when Thumper says, "If you can't say somethin’ nice, don't say nuthin’ at all." Actually, I'm still working on that…

During an alien invasion, what would be your weapon of choice?
Whatever the mother ship provides us to obliterate the human scum. Oh, blast. Gave away the plan…

If I were to invite you over, what snacks would you bring, keeping in mind that fruit and dried fruit are not snacks?
Pretzels and onion dip. Because I like pretzels better than potato chips.

If you could combine any two animals to make a hybrid, what would they be?
A horse and an eagle, but I think someone already thought of that. Because horses are awesome and flight is awesome so a flying horse is just doubly awesome.

If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
Why do you knit so many sweaters when you live in Florida? Because knitting is creative and meditative, and because everything in Florida is air conditioned. Here, our sweaters are worn indoors.

Links to Kristen's Work


  1. Ok, the alien invasion question (or should I say the answer) made me laugh. :D


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