Ursula Hegi Talks About Her New Novel The Worst Thing I've Done
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. i don't think of characters as heroes or villains. as a reader and writer i look for characters who are complex, in many subtle shades of gray.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. i like music by annie gallup, cheryl wheeler, miles davis, bobbie gentry// also 60s music
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
January 05, 2009When I came to America as an eighteen-year old, my written English was quite good because I had studied English in School since I was nine years old. But it was the English of German nuns—the Ursulines, then the sisters of Sacre Coeur—and countless words were missing: curses, slang, certain body parts.
Speaking English was much harder than reading it. Often I felt so slow that I stayed silent rather than risk not being understood. "Huh?" people would ask. If I'd repeat what I'd just said, they'd ask again, forcing me to repeat myself until I was whispering with embarrassment.
I loved the lack of formality, but it... see more