Kiki Falconer, 31

Seventh Ave between 38th and 39th Sts.


Photograph: Jay Muhlin

What are you up to? Not much, really. Just walking.

Are you funemployed? Yes! Today I did squirrel surveillance. [Laughs] I'm also writing a book. ...It's kind of...Narnia meets Lost Boys.

Is there an underlying Christian message, C.S. Lewis--style? Yes, but it's like a united-faith message.

Where did the idea come from? It came as a drawing I did of this little girl. I went to a rock concert that night, and one of the singers was wearing the dress on the girl I drew. And I thought, okay, that's a sign. And it's still a bit like that: I'll write a challenge for my character and then the challenge presents itself in my life. Which is a

And insane. Yep! I ended up sleeping in a cave in Canada after I had written about just that.

Weird. So you left your job to write —what made you do that? I found faith. So that changed pretty much everything.

Do you find that New Yorkers can be a little anti-religion? Well, even as an atheist you believe strongly in something. There's always that point of connection. Truth can be found in quantum physics.

I guess spirituality gets confused with dogma around here sometimes. Yes, people are very hot-tempered about it. But I think there will be a time in the future when we all come together as a globe, you know? Where we find the common threads and hold those up as global truths.

Well, that sure sounds utopian. I know! But then, I spend my days with squirrels. [Laughs]

More from Kiki

"I'm Canadian, and I lived in Australia for seven years. Australians and Americans will talk to you and tell you like it is, which is refreshing for a Canadian. I felt really free when I got here because I didn't have to be polite."

"I'm surprised by how much slowness there actually is here. So many people are rushing, but there are certain people who move at their own rhythm on the street. Not even crazy people, just people with a twinkle in their eye who sit on the side of the street and watch the world go by."

"I invent games, just try to think like a kid. I spent time in New Zealand with the Maoris, and it felt like a different [kind of] childhood, what games they play. I see if I can come up with noncompetitive games. At first I thought, adults don't usually do that, but then I realized that adults make up drinking games!"