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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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Why am I so tired?"

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.

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

A. Paris. I'd somehow be on a really cute bicycle, wearing a perfect scarf. And I'd magically know French.

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 be invited to a party at Bloomsbury, discuss writing and art with Virginia Woolf, and then have her lean over and whisper "YOU REALLY GET IT." And then we'd all have tea.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I once refused to try baby squid served in its own ink, on the grounds of being a vegetarian. I still think it sounds horrifying, but I was at a family dinner in the Basque country in Spain, and I mean, you know. YOLO.

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