Author Revealed

About Emily W. Upham

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 4/21

Q. Previous occupations

A. Concert pianist, French Interpreter for US State Department, Life Coach

Q. Favorite job

A. Accompanist to singers of lieder and Life Coach

Q. High school and/or college

A. Hamden High School Connecticut   Sarah Lawrence College

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Bach, Ravel

Q. Favorite television show

A. In Treatment

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Dramatic, unusual, colorful, creative, passionate, complicated, rewarding

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness for me is rare. But it occurs when performing a piece of music the way I want to, when composing a sentence I think is beautiful, when being engaged with a lover I love either in love-making or in other intimate ways, falling asleep to the sound of frogs in my pond, swimming at sunset, truly helping another person

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Death

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

A. Depends on the moment and many factors

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Oh my god!! What a question! Not having gone to Juilliard as a child but mostly I have come to terms with my life as it is

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

A. I have the talents- I need to develop them- would want to be a great Flamenco dancer

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Not bowing to childhood trauma

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. anxiety

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. compassion

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Warmth

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. recordings on phone instead of people

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

A. being a pianist

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. flamenco dancing

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, integrity, compassion

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

A. sticky buns

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. I have made my career accompanying singers of lieder

Q. How did you come to write In the Fullness of Time?

A. At age 55 I realized that the 3 most important people in my life were going to die soon. A man who was everything to me was dying, my older husband and mother I would not grow old with. At the same time, I had to put aside my life long profession of performing classical pianist because of many back surgeries. The world was looking unrecognizable and terrifying, and I could not imagine how I would make and survive this transition. So I decided to go to older women slightly ahead of me in this process to see if I could learn from them. It occurred to me that all of my generation, the baby boomers, had arrived at an age in life when losses and major changes were going to be a constant part of our lifes. So I went on a quest. It was a rich and rewarding process for many reasons.

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