Isla Morley

Isla Morley grew up in South Africa during apartheid, the child of a British father and fourth-generation South African mother. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband (a minister) and daughter and an assortment of animals. Her debut novel, Come Sunday, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction in 2009 and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Prize. It has been translated into seven languages.

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Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. The tree in Shel Siverstein's, "The Giving Tree."

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd like to spend an afternoon with Emily Dickinson talking about writing, religion, philosophy, love and inspiration.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. The tendency to wait for the other shoe to drop.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. The Great Storm is Over (by my husband, Bob Morley), Glory Bound (Wailing Jennys), Sugarman (Rodriguez), Thing of Beauty (Hothouse Flowers), and Seventeen (Janis Ian)

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