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Original Essays | June 20, 2014 2 comments
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Robin BenwayDescribe your latest project.
I wrote a young adult novel called Audrey, Wait! which follows 16-year-old Audrey after she breaks up with her teenage musician boyfriend. In retaliation, he writes a #1 song about her called "Audrey, Wait!" that makes the break-up sound like it's all her fault. Because of the song, Audrey finds that she's suddenly famous, which makes it really hard to do things like go on dates with her new boyfriend, go to concerts, or even attend high school.
Probably Franny in Franny and Zooey, especially at the beginning of the book. Every time I read it, I always feel like she's unraveling, and she's someone who could probably use a friend. I always want to go up to the table where she's sitting with Lane and take her by the elbow and say, "Franny, honey, let's go to the movies." And when she passes out later in the chapter, I'm like, "Been there, done that, Franny." The first time I read that scene, I was on a train from Connecticut to Manhattan in January, and I remember thinking that that was probably a great place to be while reading Salinger. I always wish his characters were real.
If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be? Why?
Describe your most memorable teacher.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
I'd never have believed I'd see a wife of mine doting on a child of mine. It still amazes me every time I think of it. I'm writing this in part to tell you that if you ever wonder what you've done in your life, and everyone does wonder sooner or later, you have been God's grace to me, a miracle, something more than a miracle. You may not remember me very well at all, and it may seem to you to be no great thing to have been the good child of an old man in a shabby little town you will no doubt leave behind. If only I had the words to tell you.
What was your favorite story as a child?
What is your idea of bliss?
Name the best Simpsons episode of all time, and explain why it's the best.
Billy Corgan: "Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins."
There's too many lines to quote, but that has to be my favorite one. And now I have this insatiable need to go watch it again.
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Robin Benway grew up in Orange County, California, and attended college at both NYU and UCLA. At NYU, she won the Seth Barkas Prize for Best Fiction by an Undergraduate. She has worked at Ballantine, Knopf, Borders, and Book Soup in West Hollywood. Robin currently lives in Santa Monica. To the best of her knowledge, no one has written a song about her. Yet.