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 novaren.com 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 greatest flaw?

A. It's a tie. I have great skill in negativity—I can make even the most exciting opportunity seem like a downer. And I'm also easily distracted—to the point where I have to physically remove myself from my apartment, which contains the television, in order to write.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I say "awesome" far too much. The world cannot possibly be this awesome. I write "like" all the time and like to say it, like, constantly, and I bet it's really annoying. When I write, I tend to start sentences with the word "but," almost as if I'm arguing with myself. But then I try to edit them out.

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.

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

A. I'd move to Paris in a heartbeat if that's what you're asking.

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