Amy Shearn

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Amy Shearn is the author of How Far Is the Ocean from Here. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota’s MFA program. Her work has appeared in The Millions, Poets & Writers, The L Magazine, Opium, and Five Chapters, and she writes for Oprah.com and RedbookMag.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. Visit her online at AmyShearnWrites.com.

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The Mermaid of Brooklyn

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Why am I so tired?"

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I made two people and they occasionally say "please" and "thank you."

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "I Only Have Eyes for You" -The Flamingos; "California"-Joni Mitchell; "Only a Fool Breaks His Own Heart"-Norman Bergen; "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"-Neutral Milk Hotel; "Tonight You Belong to Me"-which I know from the Steve Martin movie The Jerk, I'm not kidding.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A sunny morning with my family in our secret picnic spot in the park. Followed by both children spontaneously napping at the same time, leaving me to an armchair, a cup of coffee, and a good book.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Humbert Humbert, the disturbed bard of Lolita.

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