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About Ursula Hegi

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 5/23

Q. Previous occupations

A. mother, teacher [all along, i was writing]

Q. Favorite job

A. writing

Q. High school and/or college

A. until age 18, i went to school in germany. afterwards i studied at the university of nh, where i got my ba and ma

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. mozart

Q. Favorite movie

A. the big chill

Q. Favorite television show

A. i try to stay away from tv

Revealing Questions

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

A. here. now. in my study.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. as a 5-year old, i wanted to be invisible, hear and see everything

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. becoming my characters/ writing from inside their skin

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. myself

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. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. see above

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. entitlement/superiority

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. teaching

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. i'm already doing it

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. tofu? chocolate?

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. i like music by annie gallup, cheryl wheeler, miles davis, bobbie gentry// also 60s music

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. toni morrison, thomas mann, isabel allende, janet frame, fyodor dostoyevsky,

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. janet frame: an autobiography one hundred years of solitude by gabriel garcia marquez crime and punishment by fyodor dostoyevski the bluest eye by toni morrision eva luna by isabel allende as i lay dying by william faulkner

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. the bluest eye by toni morrison

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. honor the commitment to your writing

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. you write about things most of us don't dare think about

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