[Although attending Book Signings and Readings to meet a favorite author or greet a new writer are terrific experiences, the reality is that our lives and locations rarely make this possible. With that in mind, Seize a Daisy offers a fun Q&A insight into featured novelists.]
In today’s spotlight is Cristina Alger, a lifelong New Yorker and proud of it! As a graduate of Harvard College and NYU Law School, she worked as a financial analyst and a corporate attorney before becoming an author. Her first novel, The Darlings (2012) was described and praised as:
A Bonfire of the Vanities for our times, by an author who “knows her way around 21st-century wealth and power” (The Wall Street Journal).
With her second book, This Was Not the Plan — being released in paperback next Tuesday, October 18th –, Cristina focuses her storyline on single parenthood from a male perspective. There will be more about This Was Not the Plan in another post yet do know it currently is available for Pre-order.
For now, let’s turn the spotlight on Cristina Alger who lives in New York with her husband and their two children.
Q. How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A. Mother, Wife, Daughter, Friend, Reader, Writer, New Yorker.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Be kind.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Watching my children play together.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Losing my ability to think clearly.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. At home with my family.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. That’s tough! I suppose other women writers: Edith Wharton, The Bronte Sisters, Jane Austen.
Which living person do you most admire?
A. My husband. He is unfailingly kind and positive.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. “Be nice to your brother.”
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Functioning without sleep.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Finding a career that I love.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I worry too much.
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Wasting time worrying about things I can’t control.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I’m happy being myself. In our family, we do joke that if we’re good in this lifetime, we’ll come back in the next life as one of my mother’s dogs. They have it pretty good.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I love to laugh.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Marlo from “The Wire.”
Q. If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Venus and Serena Williams. I’d likely be too starstruck to talk.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Chronic lateness.
Q. What is your favorite pastime, when you’re not writing?
A. Being with my children.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Bookstore owner.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Sense of humor, kindness, emotional intelligence.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. “My Best Friend” (Tim McGraw). “Daughter” (Loudon Wainwright). “Ain’t No Sunshine” (Bill Withers). “Stand by Me” (Ben E King). “I Put a Spell on You” (Nina Simone).
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES (Tom Wolfe). IN COLD BLOOD (Truman Capote). THE GREAT GATSBY (F. Scott Fitzgerald). THIS IS NEW YORK (E.B. White). HOUSE OF MIRTH (Edith Wharton).