alisa alering

Writer of fantasy and other fictions


Q. Do you have any pets?

A. Three cats, one dog. All geriatric.

Q. How did you know you wanted to become a writer?

A. What choice did I have? I’m self-absorbed, terrible at talking to people, and love reading.

Q. Favorite book of all time?

A. It’s not within my nature to be able to answer this question definitively. Books I have been known to love with a mad, crushed-out stupor include:

  • Martian Time-Slip, Philip K. Dick
  • Middlemarch, George Eliot
  • Dance, Dance, Dance, Haruki Murakami
  • Tripmaster Monkey, Maxine Hong Kingston
  • The Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi
  • The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas

Q. Advice for other writers?

  1. Write what you love, it will all work out.
  2. Really.
  3. But it’s probably going to take a long time.
  4. Don’t quit.

Q. If you were an animal, what would you be?

A. A tapir. Then I could lie around in the sun all day eating mangoes.

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