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Eileen Favorite

Eileen Favorite teaches at the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago, where she received her MFA in writing in 1999. She was nominated
for a Pushcart Prize for her short story "Gangway: The Space Between Two
Houses." Her poetry and prose have appeared in literary magazines and her
essays and poems have aired on Chicago Public Radio. She lives in Chicago
with her husband and daughter.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Strive for balance. Focus on what's working.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Good chocolate, good red wine, a hot bubble bath... or

Two to three hours of writing time at the beginning of a day; everything else falls into place afterward. . .or

A walk with the dog, my daughter, and my husband through a park full of blooming crabapple trees. . . or

Dinner with silly, irreverent friends/family... or

Snuggling on the couch and watching a movie... or


Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Singing.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Today, Oscar Wao

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Losing my daughter.

Author Voices

October 20, 2011

I just had a wonderful book group meeting via Skype with folks from the Carnegie Library in Albany, Missouri.  Lots of fun discussions about sequels to the Heroines, including a father-son novel called The Heroes, or another one called, The Villains.  Such a delight to speak with people about the work.

August 10, 2010

I'm happy to report that 3Arts Entertainment has optioned the film rights for The Heroines. Actress Chloe Moretz (recently the 11-year-old assassin in Kick-Ass) will play the part of Penny. I always knew the novel needed the right young actress to fulfill the part. The next step for my agent, Alicia Gordon, of WME in Los Angeles, is finding a writer-director. Then a studio.

June 20, 2010

When speaking about finding a career or life’s path, myfather, Tom Favorite, always said, “If it’s not fun, it’s work.” He heard these words from his ownfather, Clyde Winston Favorite.

As a writer, I’ve always found writing to be fun. Even whenI’ve been blocked, blank, or stuck, the creative and intellectual conundrums ofwriting provide a special pleasure. Translating what’s in my mind to the pageis a constant struggle, and yet the moments when a character shouts out a funnyline I didn’t expect are the best in life. Carol Anshaw, my teacher, once had a short storyanthologized and did a tour... see more

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