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Dana Gynther

Dana Gynther was raised in St Louis, Missouri and Auburn, Alabama. She has a BA from the University of Alabama in Political Science and French and an MA in French Literature. She has lived in France and currently lives in Valencia, Spain, where both she and her husband Carlos are teachers and translators. They have two daughters, Claudia and Lucia. Crossing on the Paris is her first novel.
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Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. As a parent, I have reread many of my favorite children's books (that I'd read over and over again as a child), and still really enjoy some of them now: "The Chronicles of Narnia" (except for "The Final Battle"),    "James and the Giant Peach" and "The Patchwork Girl of Oz," for example.  Have also loved discovering Harry Potter with my kids  and have read those more than once.

Q. What was/is your favorite job?

A. Writing! (Though I did have a lot of laughs when my best friends and I all worked at the same burger joint in High School).

Q. What were your previous occupations?

A. Besides various stints at restaurants and shops, I have also been an au pair for a French family, an artist model, the Editorial Assistant for "Horizon" magazine, a cartoon voice (as the baddie's sidekick in a pilot episode that never saw the light of day), a translator, and a foreign language teacher, French to Americans and English to Spaniards.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. This is not one person, but an eclectic, accumulated jumble. I've loved the Beatles for as long as I can remember. Since I was a pre-teen Neil Young and Leonard Cohen. Since college, the Velvet Underground, REM, Patti Smith and Club Wig... Post-college, more European and world music.

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