Meet the Novelist Ru Freeman
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My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Take risks, overextend and always dress the part.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I held on to a grudge for several months against a woman, Kristine Aurbakken, who turned into a great friend and kindred spirit. She died suddenly of cancer and I regret that lost time. I think of her almost daily, imagining what she would have said/done during the political events of our time, what her reaction would be to my book and other writing, etc.
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. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Ernesto "Che" Guevara - "Do you feel that los pobles de la tierra are in better hands today because of the election of Barack Obama to the presidency?"
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Barack Obama