Tuesday, February 10, 2009

An Interview with Lori Anderson

My friend Jen was interviewed and then asked if anyone else was up for the fun -- getting random questions tossed at them in interview-like fashion. I raised my hand and here is the result:

1) When did you start beading and how did you know you had the talent?

I actually beaded my first piece in 2002, when I was pregnant with Zack. I didn’t start getting serious with it until late 2003/early 2004. I still don't think I have talent, per se -- there are many, MANY people out there much more talented than I am. I think I'm just good at choosing beads.

Photo by Carrie of http://www.beadtree.net/ (I owned these beads!)

2) You are a voracious reader -- who is your favorite author and why?

Currently, my favorite author is Diana Gabaldon, who wrote the “Outlander” series. But I also love J.K. Rowling, Douglas Coupland, Jeffrey Deaver, Stephen King … I suppose it depends upon my mood as to who my favorite is. Even my favorite genres are all over the map.

The reason I love all of these authors is that they allow me to get completely invested in the characters and the story, and if I’m sorry when a book is over, feeling like best friends just moved away, then to me, it’s a favorite. And while most of my favorite authors are contemporary, I’ve been delving into the classics lately. I absolutely adored “The Count of Monte Cristo”.

(You can see my book list by clicking here.)

3) You've traveled a great deal over the years. What is your favorite place?

I’ve lived in South America as a child on a mission tour, Korea while in the military, and then traveled on my own to Japan, Italy (lived there a little while), Austria, Slovenia, Germany, and Luxembourg. Picking a favorite is as difficult as picking a favorite book. Korea is my favorite because I spent three years there and feel that it’s a home of sorts. Columbia, South America is a favorite because we lived in the middle of the rain forest on a missionary compound, and it’s where I gained my wanderlust (although books greatly added to the desire to see different places.) Japan was my favorite vacation, because I stayed with my best friend, who was living there at the time. And Italy was my favorite short-term home, because I literally started my entire life over by moving there.

4) Your favorite TV show of all time?

My favorite TV show of all time is a toughie. I didn’t watch a lot of TV until I came back to the States in 1991. Right now I’m loving “The Office”. I am a secret addict of “Reno 911”. And I have watched every single episode of “The X-Files”. But most of the time I have some sort of crime thing on – fictional, like CSI, and true crime, like “American Justice”. That’s what I bead to, of all strange things!

5) Who is your favorite president?

Favorite president. Ah. Toughie. I must admit that I either didn’t learn a lot about various presidents in school, or I just didn’t pay attention. And I didn’t pay a lick of attention to politics until about 1992. My reasons for liking my choices has nothing at all to do with their politics, really, and I’m not sure what that says about me. But I liked Reagan because he was funny, self-deprecating, and seemed the most “presidential” of the presidents in my lifetime. And I like Thomas Jefferson, because he built an amazing university that I was fortunate enough to attend. Plus, he loved books.


  1. Anonymous5:22 PM

    Thanks for doing this! I loved reading it.

  2. Oh, I "heart" the office as well!

    and those beads are to die for...

  3. I love, love, love The X-Files. But I admit I hated the last movie.
    Great answers to difficult questions.

  4. the beads reminfd me of candy!


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