Amy Shearn

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Amy Shearn is the author of How Far Is the Ocean from Here. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota’s MFA program. Her work has appeared in The Millions, Poets & Writers, The L Magazine, Opium, and Five Chapters, and she writes for Oprah.com and RedbookMag.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. Visit her online at AmyShearnWrites.com.

Photograph by Adam Tetzloff

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The Mermaid of Brooklyn

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Why am I so tired?"

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I made two people and they occasionally say "please" and "thank you."

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Humbert Humbert, the disturbed bard of Lolita.

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

A. An athletic ability. I'd take any of them.

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

A. Teaching writing. Although I admit I have an ill-advised running-a-bookstore fantasy.

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