Ursula Hegi Talks About Her New Novel The Worst Thing I've Done
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. i don't think of characters as heroes or villains. as a reader and writer i look for characters who are complex, in many subtle shades of gray.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. as a 5-year old, i wanted to be invisible, hear and see everything
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. i'm already doing it
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. see above
January 05, 2009When I came to America as an eighteen-year old, my written English was quite good because I had studied English in School since I was nine years old. But it was the English of German nuns—the Ursulines, then the sisters of Sacre Coeur—and countless words were missing: curses, slang, certain body parts.
Speaking English was much harder than reading it. Often I felt so slow that I stayed silent rather than risk not being understood. "Huh?" people would ask. If I'd repeat what I'd just said, they'd ask again, forcing me to repeat myself until I was whispering with embarrassment.
I loved the lack of formality, but it... see more