About Fan Wu
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Global Research Analyst
Q. Favorite job
A. Writing, if you can call it a job
Q. High school and/or college
A. I did both high school and college in China.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
Q. Favorite movie
A. Hard to say. The Lives of Others is a good one.
Q. Favorite television show
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Live, think, read, write, dream, love, travel, enough?
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. A journey of a thousand miles starts from the first step.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Reading a good book in front of a burning fireplace on a snowy evening
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. One chapter from completing a 400-page book, I realize that I hate the book
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. A small, remote village somewhere in China
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. No one yet.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. You know...
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not traveling the world before I had my daughter
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Knowing people's minds
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Being still alive
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Terrible at direction
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Being a good listener
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. An eagle
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Winston Smith in 1984
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Da Ci Bao from Laoshe's novel, Four Generations Under One Roof
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Lu Xun, a Chinese writer from the twentieth century. I wouldn't say a word to him; meeting him is enough
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Looking at people on the streets, at cafes...
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honest, generous, passionate
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Chekhov, V.S. Naipaul, Lu Xun, Lao She, Albert Camus, William Trevor, Alice Munro, to name a few.
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Many. For example, Dr. Zhivago, One Thousand Years of Solitude, Lolita, Lu Xun's short stories
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. You know your characters