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Marta Acosta

Marta Acosta received a degree in English literature and creative writing from Stanford University. She is a regular contributor to The San Francisco Chronicle and the Contra Costa Newspapers. Her debut novel, Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, was a Book Sense Pick.
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Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. It goes without saying that my greatest fears are having a hot latte spill while I'm driving and unleashing a pack of rabid cloned dogs upon the world.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. This is a question for beauty contestants, isn't it, and I'm supposed to say world peace. However, if that's not possible, then I'd be thrilled with a cup holder for my car. I frequently yearn for a latte, but all attempts to transport one from the cafe to my home have proved disastrous. I also have ideas about cloning my dead dog. I saw part of that Stephen King movie about the dog that comes back to life, so I'm apprehensive about trying the U-Kan-Clone! kit that I bought from an infomercial. What was the question again?

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

A. London, even though they have that werewolf problem.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Oh, it would have to be Fanny Price in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, because everyone is always saying, 'My darling Fanny!' and "My sweet Fanny" to her.

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