Amy McNamara

Amy McNamara has an MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Lovely, Dark and Deep is her first novel and an ABC New Voices Pick. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at AmyMcNamara.com.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Work hard and be kind to people.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would love to meet some of the last century's intellectual and artistic giants - Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag, Cy Twombly, Joan Mitchell, Alexander Calder. I probably wouldn't say much more than, "May I watch you work?"

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Reading something new, in the evening, with my family home.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I loathe the expression "it is what it is" but do not use it myself. I may as well, though, because I hear it all the time. I think it's such a strange thing to say - there's a fatalistic resignation there and/or an emptiness that seems entirely unhelpful.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I think probably the space between my teeth.

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