Nova Ren Suma

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Nova Ren Suma was a fellow in fiction with the New York Foundation for the Arts and received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She is the author of Imaginary Girls and she lives in New York. Find out more at or follow her on Twitter at @novaren.

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A sassy, heartwrenching coming-of-age story by the author of Imaginary Girls.
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My Life in 8 Words

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Nova Ren Suma
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. What if?

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I am incapable of giving up. I've been trying to be a writer for years—first for adults and now for younger readers. It hasn't been easy, and I remember flirting with the idea of giving up for good a few times. The thing is, I always knew deep down that I wouldn't. I could never give up; I just don't have it in me.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Sometimes I think I want to be the complete opposite of myself: a graceful surfer who lives on some sunny tropical island and doesn't burn in the sun and whose only aspiration is to get up early for a good wave and then chill on the sand doing not much of anything. That's the fantasy. I'd miss spending all day holed up in a dark corner writing though.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. My misspent youth, my student loans, and my two unpublished novels that live under my couch. That sure sounds like a lot.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I'm a bit of a mess. My desk, my apartment, my bag, my hair—you name it.

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