Sheila Weller

Sheila Weller is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning magazine journalist. She is the author of five previous books, most recently her 2003 family memoir, Dancing at Ciro's, which The Washington Post called "a substantial contribution to American social history." She is the senior contributing editor at Glamour, a contributor to Vanity Fair, and a former contributing editor of New York. To learn more, visit www.girlslikeusthebook.com.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Try to write with humanity, understanding but never judging

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

A. I'm SO not a traveler, this question is wasted on provincial me.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. pretentious culturati, name-droppers, and people who talk very slowly

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. poignant, suffused, iconic, vulnerable -- and lots of m-dashes -- -- -- --

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

A. Abraham, from the Bible. "You started it all. And you got up and left where you were born. I understand that."

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