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Cathy Alter

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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

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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.

Photo Credit: Marissa Rauch

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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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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. What’s your best quality?

A. If I like you, I will be more loyal than a dog. I am also unfailingly on time.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Mark Twain. Yes, I'm serious. I grew up near where he lived and loved to visit his house. It felt so familiar to me.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I sure hope a copy of this questionnaire isn't going to my shrink! Hmmm. I only know how to be me - so I pick me, but a version of me that doesn't watch so much bad television. Has the long-term effect of The Hills been cleared by the FDA?

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