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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.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Writer interview - Rick Pieters

Having just read and reviewed the mind-bending novel Dark Light by Rick Pieters, I sat down to pick his brain on all things life.

What is your favorite virtue? (Do I have to choose only one?) Compassion. Empathy. Kindness.

Your favorite qualities in a man. Intelligence, strength with gentleness, loyalty, a wicked sense of humor, open-mindedness.

Your favorite qualities in a woman. The same as in a man.

Your chief characteristic. Compassion (I hope)

What do you appreciate the most about your friends? That they appreciate me, that we share ideas, humor, outlooks, and that we stick by each other. Genuine caring over the long haul.

Your main fault. Procrastination. Impatience with stupidity. (If I can choose two)

Your favorite occupation. An author of entertaining and meaningful work.

Your idea of happiness. A warm home full of love, good food, good music, and my man.

Your idea of misery. Being without those things.

If not yourself, who would you be? Hugh Jackman

Your favorite heroes in fiction. Besides Atticus?

Your favorite heroes in real life. Gandhi, Malala

Your favorite food and drink. Excellent steak, good red wine, single malt Islay scotch, martini made with good gin and blue cheese stuffed olives, authentic Mexican, Northern New Mexican Carne Adovada

What is your present state of mind? Sleep deprived, happy, content.

Your personal motto. The one I could repeat? Hmm. Keep going and always be kind. Something like that.

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