An Interview With the Man Behind the Author…Literally and Figuratively!
Posted on April 9, 2012
It only took…what…a year to make this happen? If there’s one thing about Ralph, it’s that he’s always got at least 4 or 5 things going on at the same time. He’s a multi-tasker, so trying to get him to sit down and concentrate on something like this isn’t the easiest thing in the world. It helped that I narrowed it down to 10 questions, so he was gracious in accommodating me so that I might entertain you. After all, there’s something to be said about the man behind the author…besides “harder” and “faster!” You know, while taking dictation.
Without further ado, I give you 10 questions with my guy, my husband, my half Asian master, the love of my life, the lust of my loins and many other descriptive phrases!
1) (From Jay Taylor) What do you think of your husband’s obsession with movies and now Blu-Rays? 😉
It just costs me money. (laughing) But it keeps him out of trouble. Next question.
2) (From Jay Taylor) How do your tastes in movies (and anything else) differ from his?
I actually like ones that are funny. For the most part, I like the same thing; he likes horror, I don’t. He likes embarrassing comedies, I don’t. Other than that, I’ll acquiesce and watch a movie he says is good, and like it myself.
3) (From Jay Taylor) What foods do you like that Kris can’t stand?
Pears, coconut, and green peppers. He won’t even eat a pizza with green peppers on it. Says it gives him nasty indigestion. Everything gives him nasty indigestion, though.
4) (From Katherine Trick) What about Kris inspires you?
(***Note from Kris: I gave him a brief explanation of who Katherine is and that she’s been hugely supportive of my writing, blog posts, our wedding, etc.***) She deserves something for that at least. (chuckling) He has a very good heart, so every once in a while I have to take a step back and listen. Sometimes I’m grumbling grrr grrr grrr and he reminds me that there’s another way to approach the situation. See? A good heart. How’s that for inspiring?
5) (From Katherine Trick) What do you think is Kris’s most annoying habit (but you still love him enough to deal with)?
Forcing us to watch movies that I know I’m going to hate. (***Note from Kris: He HATED the Albert Brooks comedy Mother and, as of last night, Johnny English: Reborn.***) Oh, and his refusal to use coupons.
6) (From Katherine Trick) What is it that you like doing with Kris the most (and sex doesn’t count, hee, hee)?
Wandering around new cities is always fun! Wandering around Hong Kong with him is always great fun, too. We sometimes make a day of things driving around, whether it’s Phoenix, Chicago or even daytrips to Toronto and back.
7) (From Alan Chin) How does it feel to read about yourself between the covers of Kris’s books? And does it bother you that he reveals so much about you?
I wouldn’t know. (laughing) I haven’t read them. Does it bother me that he reveals so much? No. I say write about what you know and he knows me, so how can I complain? Besides, I had him write all my papers in college, so I know he at least writes well.
8) (Name Withheld by Request) Do you mind that he keeps the masses entertained with stories about your Grandmother?
No, not really. Well, occasionally I ask him to reign it back in a bit. He sometimes takes a little too much artistic license.
9) (Name Withheld by Request) What do you feel you each bring to the relationship?
Me? Stability. Money. Financial stability. Travel. New locals. I’m very steadfast. I always like to try new things and yet I hate change in others ways. I make messes, and Kris is great at cleaning them up. And even though I’m stable, I’m not reliable when it comes to being somewhere on time. Kris brings a sense of quirkiness, yet he’s reliable and predictable in that I know if something needs to be done, he’ll get it done because it’s in his nature.
10) (Name Withheld by Request) Would you do it all again?
Yes! If we changed anything, it might ruin it. And even on my unhappiest day, the alternative is far worse. We have a balance.
And there you have it. From his mouth to your eyes.
Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the recently re-published novella Falling Awake, its sequel, Falling Awake II: Revenant and Falling Awake III: Requiem.
22 Responses to “An Interview With the Man Behind the Author…Literally and Figuratively!”
April 9, 2012 at 8:20 am
Thanks! Always nice to hear the other side of the story. And next time you’re in Phoenix…
April 9, 2012 at 9:18 am
Am definitely hoping to head to Phoenix with him again, but it may not be until the next book comes out. We’ll see how that goes. =) Would love to meet!
Sharita Lira says:
April 9, 2012 at 9:08 am
Loved the blog Kris! That is so awesome
April 9, 2012 at 9:18 am
He was on his best behavior. lol That’s my guy…
April 9, 2012 at 9:38 am
Wonderful post Kris, and as Laura said, next time you are in Phoenix….
April 9, 2012 at 10:49 am
Will definitely announce it when we are! =)
Tom Webb says:
April 9, 2012 at 9:44 am
My favorite part? Would you do it all again – and Ralph says “…even on my unhappiest day, the alternative is far worse.” THAT’S love!
April 9, 2012 at 10:49 am
He knows a sure…er…good thing when he has one. lol
Dorien Grey says:
April 9, 2012 at 9:52 am
Another winner! Yin and Yang! Have I ever mentioned that I envy you both?
April 9, 2012 at 10:51 am
Hmm…no. I’m pretty sure this is the first time you’ve mentioned it. But you know we love you, too, D!
sue laybourn says:
April 9, 2012 at 10:43 am
Love this! Absolutely love it!
Come to England and let me make you both a nice dinner. (without green peppers)
April 9, 2012 at 10:52 am
You know…a home cooked meal in England sounds absolutely lovely! Thank you, Sue. =)
sue laybourn says:
April 9, 2012 at 11:05 am
You’ll both always find a welcome here. I’m a good cook too!
Leaundra Ross says:
April 9, 2012 at 11:34 am
Awww you guys sound so perfect for each other. I love that you get each other. Love reading about you guys Kris it’s very entertaining, hehe.
April 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm
He does keep me on my toes and I provide him with an endless source of amusement being one of those silly gweilos (white ghosts) his Grandmother always warned him about.
Patricia Logan says:
April 9, 2012 at 11:50 am
Very sweet. I love that you clean up his messes. He travels a lot and that must mean a lot to him to come home, knowing that you’ll be there to cater to him *grins*
April 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm
Oh, Patti…you have no idea how big a mess this man can make in a short time. He walks in from a trip and his suitcases literally explode just inside the door. He’s deceptively wonderful at making things look more compact than they really are.
Kayelle Allen says:
April 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm
That was fun and enlightening. Nice to know my hubby isn’t the only one who doesn’t read his spouse’s books, even if he is all over them. 😉
April 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm
You know, it used to bother me that he didn’t read my work. Then it simply pissed me off. He explained it once, though, by telling me he’d read it, suggest changes I should make and either be pissed that I didn’t make them or he’d feel awful that he made them and they were wrong. He just chooses to stay out of it. Did your husband give you a reason?
alan chin says:
April 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm
What a great idea for a blog post, Kris. I would do it with Herman but I’m too afraid he would be brutally honest.
April 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm
But think of all the sympathy you’d get, Alan! Also, just because he’s blunt with his answers doesn’t mean that everybody is going to agree with him. Fiction is subjective. What works for one doesn’t work for another. We’re also dealing with Asian male ego here. It’s rarely pretty. lol
Martha (TAZ) says:
April 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm
I totally loved this!!