Hannah Pakula

Hannah Pakula is the author of The Last Empress, which was a New York Times notable book, The Last Romantic, which was called by Graham Greene the best biography and one of the three best books of the year, and An Uncommon Woman, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist. She lives in New York City.
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Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Going to concerts, especially chamber music. I'm also addicted to playing scrablble and backgammon on line while listening to WQXR (NYC's classical music station). I can't listen when I'm writing, because then I tend to write in rhythm with the music.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. As a writer, it's the current overuse of the word "robust," but bad grammar is right up there in the top ten.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Starting to write historical biography at the age of forty

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I kinda like Cyrano de Bergerac.

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