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"A mind lively and at ease" is a blog by a first-generation Russian-Ukrainian immigrant Maria K. (Maria Igorevna Kuroshchepova). An engineer by education, an analyst by trade, as well as a writer, photographer, artist and amateur model, Maria brings her talent for weaving an engaging narrative to stories of life, fashion and style advice, book and movie reviews, and common-sense and to-the-point essays on politics and economy.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Writer interview - Andrea Owen

Saying that this is a writer interview is a bit of a misnomer, because, really, Andrea Owen is much more than that. She is a life coach, a writer, and a mom extraordinaire with a brand new book out on the shelves - all in all, a self-made woman in every way. Here is your chance to take a peek into her fantastically active and inventive mind.


What is your favorite virtue? Just one? It would have to be decency. To me it just defines being a good person.

Your favorite qualities in a man. Integrity. It encompasses so much.

Your favorite qualities in a woman. Self-confidence. We need more of it as women.

Your chief characteristic. Transparency. I can't keep my mouth closed.

What do you appreciate the most about your friends? Humor.

Your main fault. Transparency, ha! Sometimes my delivery could be softer.

Your favorite occupation. School teachers. I had some amazing ones.

Your idea of happiness. Presence. No matter what's going on.

Your idea of misery. Conforming to be someone I'm not in order to make others happy (or what I make up will make them happy).

If not yourself, who would you be? A house cat. Preferably one of my mom's. Totally spoiled in every way.

Your favorite heroes in fiction. Badass women like the leads in Charlie's Angels, Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2, Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

Your favorite heroes in real life. All the women that have influenced me to speak up, embrace ALL of me, and pass it on.

Your favorite food and drink. I love any kind of pasta. Rich, delicious, pasta. And coffee.

What is your present state of mind? Content. Fulfilled in every way.

Your personal motto. "Life's too short for it to not kick ass" Has been for years!

Read more about Andrea at her web site and do get a copy of her book - it's bound to be a fantastic journey.

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