About Alexandra Popoff
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Journalism, writing, teaching, public speaking
Q. Favorite job
A. Teaching and writing
Q. High school and/or college
A. I went to high school in Moscow.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Giuseppe Verdi
Q. Favorite movie
A. “Chicago,” a musical directed by Rob Marshall
Q. Favorite television show
A. Charlie Rose
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. I work on projects I love --writing books.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. You live and learn.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. “Perfect happiness” is a myth.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. To die before completing my next book.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. I never thought of this, but do I have to identify with someone?
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. I admire people for their achievement and for having overcome obstacles, disabilities, and their own fear.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. [I have no clue.]
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I don’t like to waste my time regretting things.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. A new talent? I’d like make use of my existing talents – and hope there’s enough time to develop them.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. I’m not ready to draw the line.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. This sounds like a job interview, so I’ll reply “being a perfectionist.”
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I’m not the one to judge.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I want to be myself and to make the best use of my abilities.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. How would I know?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. The Master from The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Mephistopheles from La damnation de Faust
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Jane Austen, perhaps; I’d like to compare notes with her about the state of publishing back then and now.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. My dog waking me up at night.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Gardening–I’m interested in horticulture.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Being an oceanographer
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honesty, courage, and perseverance
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. The raspberries I grow in my garden
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. “Yesterday,” “In My Life” (Beatles), “I Love Paris in the Springtime” (Ella Fitzgerald), “Mrs. Robinson,” “There Was a Boy.”
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Dickens, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Tennessee Williams, Somerset Maugham, George Orwell, Vladimir Nabokov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Gabriel García Márquez, Joseph Brodsky, Toni Morrison, Kenzaburo Oe, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ingrid Betancourt…
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. War and Peace, Anna Karenina, The Master and Margarita, The Moon and The Sixpence, Nineteen Eighty Four
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. War and Peace
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Read and learn from other writers
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. “I loved your book.”