It must have been quite a feat, but somehow artist Melissa Mary Duncan managed to track down and extract some answers from that cheeky, ephemeral creature, first face of Pulp Literature, the Beer Faerie.
- What is your idea of perfect happiness? Hmmm, I am the Beer Faerie, so my idea of perfect happiness is? … Beers! All of them! The pale ones, the stout ones. Amber or Dark. The fruit ones. The Belgian. German. Lager. Root. Birch. Wheat and hops the perfect blend. Rowan and Winter and Cream. They each have their charm and place. When brewing I am happiest.
- What is your greatest fear? The Temperance Movement.
- What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? My inability to always think things through with clarity.
- What is the trait you most deplore in others? Unrepentant, joyless sobriety.
- On what occasion do you lie? How dare you! A Faerie never lies. WE of the glorious Fey prevaricate.
- What do you most dislike about your appearance? The crown of greens can be a little itchy. Outside of that I am perfect in every way!
- Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Profanity.
- When and where were you happiest? Seems that I am mostly always happy. Prohibition was a bit of a downer but I managed enough mischief to keep things hopping. Hopping! Get it? Seriously, I miss the days of yore when beer was the staple beverage of everyone, back when no one blinked an eye at a beer ration of several liters a day! Those were good times. I was needed then … Now? Not so much.
- Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to sing like an angel. Have you ever heard an Angel sing? Well, if you had you would know what I mean. Intoxicating!
- What do you consider your greatest achievement? My charm. My wit. My cunning. Sooo many to choose from!
- What is your most treasured possession? My magic cauldron.
- What is your most marked characteristic? Mischief.
- Who are your favourite writers? Hmm. I like Charles deLint, Bram, Charles Dickens, and those brothers … Grimm.
- What is your greatest regret? I do not regret. I live in the moment and in hope.
- How would you like to die? I am a Faerie, I will not die. Although I am not quite immortal either … I think Master Tolkien said it best. He is an okay writer too. I shall go into the West and remain, Beer Faerie!
- What is your motto? Bottom’s up!
- What is something we’d never glean about you from the cover of Pulp Lit #1? I do community work for displaced Gnomes and Hedgerow Pixies. I also feed homeless moles.
Melissa Mary Duncan lives in the historic city of New Westminster, British Columbia with her husband, author dvsduncan. Having a playful inner landscape, she confesses to having a hat addiction, wearing Edwardian clothing, reading in the bath, and watching British dramas whilst drinking lemonade. A proud mother of two and grandmother of three, Melissa remains a student of Celtic, English and Northern European history and mythology. Her painting “Fondly Remembered Magic” will be the cover of Pulp Literature Issue 5.
You can meet Melissa in person at the Surrey Museum on Saturday, November 15th from 1 – 4pm, where she will be talking about all things Viking.
Print copies of Pulp Literature Issue 1, featuring the Beer Faerie, are in limited supply and currently only available through our Kickstarter campaign.