Author Revealed

About Irina Reyn

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 11/21

Q. Previous occupations

A. Television production assistant, publicist, editor, program administrator, proofreader.

Q. Favorite job

A. I can think of no better job than the one I have now as professor.

Q. High school and/or college

A. I'm a proud graduate of Rutgers University.

Q. Favorite movie

A. "Manhattan" (Woody Allen)

Q. Favorite television show

A. "The Wire" was pretty excellent.

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Always seeking adventure, knowledge and peace of mind.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Overcome your fears.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A shady patio, a good book and a sugar cone of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. To be invisible.

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

A. Back in bed.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Mary, Queen of Scots.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I have always been intrigued by Isabella Rossellini.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Um" and "You know"

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not trusting myself more.

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

A. Singing or renovating a home.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Marriage. Publishing a book.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Shyness.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Because I'm shy, I'm neither pushy nor overbearing.

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

A. A cat.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My hands are small.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Gargamel from the Smurfs. Also Clare Quilty from Nabokov's Lolita.

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

A. I would advise Alexander Pushkin that a duel never solves marital problems.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Rudeness.

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

A. Teaching.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Actor.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Punctuality, generosity, loyalty.

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

A. Plain pizza.

On Books and Writing

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

A. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (of course!) The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton Less Than One: Selected Essays by Joseph Brodsky

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

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

A. Good revising is just as crucial as good writing.

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

A. How they identify with the theme of displacement. One doesn't have to be an immigrant to know what it feels like to be an outsider.