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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. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Every single character in Franzen's The Corrections.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I regret not spending more time with my aunt before she died. She loved words, loved what they could do, and loved what I could do with them. She always made me feel so special.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Rome! Or back in Punta Cana on my honeymood. Or way back, in first grade, listening to my favorite teacher read a book.

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.

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