Author Spotlight: Amy Shearn

the mermaid of brooklynMonday, Amy Shearn was at Traveling With T for an interview- today it’s all about the Author Spotlight and #literaryconfessions, #literarycrush and more!

Warning: Do not drink anything while reading this- Amy’s quite funny- and she has a way with words!


Author Spotlight: Amy Shearn

What are some of your favorite books, Amy?

Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway is the novel I’m always going back to. I just started rereading it for the millionth time. To me it’s the perfect novel – it’s beautiful, funny, sad, complicated, simple. It’s about one day in the life of one woman but it’s also about everything. It’s essentially Ulysses, but without being an asshole.

If you could choose to be a character in a book- who would you choose?

What a great question! Maybe the title character of Virginia Woolf’s (much-stranger-than-Mrs-Dalloway) novel Orlando? Orlando gets to be both a man and a woman and live for 400 years and have all sorts of adventures, which seems pretty rad to me. Though upon consideration I’m not sure I’d actually like to be a man (no offense to men).

If you were not an author, what would you like to be?

Recently I’ve been having some hot-and-heavy fantasies about working in a bookstore. I know it’s not all just reading, talking to people about books, and petting the bookstore cat, but in my fantasy it is. 

Do you have any #literaryconfessions? 

 You know, I was just thinking about how I’ve never read Philip Roth! How has this happened? I think I might get my Author Card revoked for admitting that. I also don’t really read magazines, despite writing for them. I don’t dislike them, I just always end up with a book instead.

Do you have a #literarycrush?

I completely have the hots for Mr. Darcy, who’s such a brooding grouch. It’s so annoying. (Mr. Darcy, my crush, all of it.)

What is your favorite song?

It’s overplayed in every coffee shop in New York City but I still get happy when I hear Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” I love the strange lyrics, and the way it reminds me of a very happy, creatively alive time in my life and the beginning of my relationship with my husband. It’s about dying, a little. It’s also the most romantic of all love songs! I swear.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Oh, too much social media, like everyone else. I have to severely limit my Pinterest time or every evening of my life would disappear in an ether of lovely kitchens, glamour shots of typewriters, and nicely-laid-out quotations about being brave.


*Special thanks to Amy Shearn for this Author Spotlight!


Amy Shearn can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and has a website. If you’ve enjoyed the Author Spotlight, grab a copy of The Mermaid of Brooklyn!


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