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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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.

Photo by Erik Ryerson

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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. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My mom. She's made everything in my life possible, sacrificing left and right to make my dreams come true. And, after I went away for college, she went back to school and made her own dreams come true. Now she has an important job helping people. She's my hero.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. At the moment of typing this: "2:45 a.m." by Elliott Smith, "I Feel" by Cat Power, "Family Tree" by Bellafea, "Black Balloon" by the Kills, and "Rabbit Fur Coat" by Jenny Lewis. Next month they'll all change except for "2:45 a.m.," which has held that spot for years.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. (1) Aspiration, (2) Individuality, and (3) Having an open mind.

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.

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