Meet Novelist Christi Phillips
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I think I'd like to meet Virginia Woolf and Jane Austen. I'd tell them that their work is still loved and revered--more now than it was during their lifetimes, in fact. Perhaps knowing this would make the unhappiness in their lives a little easier to bear.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I'm usually reading or talking.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. That I didn't start writing novels sooner.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. It's a dubious achievement, yet I'm still proud: I once watched one hundred Russian films (without subtitles) in less than a few months. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about gulags and Stalin. The concept of "comedy" hadn't caught on there yet.