Meet the Novelist Ru Freeman
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Take risks, overextend and always dress the part.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Sula, in Toni Morrison's Sula.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Finding a way to honor the country in which I chose to live, as much as I honor the country in which I was born, and knowing that my affirmation of each of these countries did not have to be measured by the same yardstick so long as my intentions stemmed from a place of love and regard.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Pundits interpreting cultures that they have never lived in for the world without allowing local voices to speak for their own. I think this peeve also extends to internal sub-cultures (socio-economic, race, immigrant etc.) - and maybe I need to develop a kinder, gentler outlook, but it does drive me bonkers.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Trudi Montag in Ursula Hegi's Stones From The River