Cathy Alter

Cathy Alter is a Washington, D.C.-based writer whose articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Self, Fitness, and McSweeney's. Her first book, Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood, was released in 2004.

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Cathy Alter, author of "Up for Renewal," set out to transform her life by following the advice in women's magazines.

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Avoid making excuses or standing in long lines.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Some days I feel like my greatest achievement is just remembering to put on pants before leaving the house. But, on a larger scale, I think writing my book was pretty huge. There were many days when I just wanted to chuck it all and get a job at Queen Nails.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. McDonald's French fries.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Looking for treasures at the fleamarket.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. The never-ending grief of a loved one's death. Gee. Thanks for bringing me down.

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