This week our interviewee is Alina Sayre. When she’s not correcting other people’s grammar or teaching 7th-graders to love Shakespeare, she’s probably working on her first book, a children’s novel for middle grade readers.
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
Lately I’ve been blown away by the goodness of friends. The familiar quotation may seem trite, but I’ve found it so true, especially over the last few weeks: "Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly." Sometimes it’s an anonymous bag of homegrown veggies on my doorstep; sometimes it’s the offer to listen without having to "fix" me. That people who aren’t related to me should care so selflessly, so disinterestedly for me touches me deeply.
What part of your day are you grateful for?
I’m grateful for the part of the day where my mom and I sit down and watch an episode or two of whatever British drama we’re currently into—right now it’s BBC’s “Downton Abbey.” A little time-travel and relaxing with loved ones can be an excellent antidote to life’s cares and leave me much refreshed to carry on.
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
Much as I love the quietness of mornings, sometimes getting out of bed is hard. Knowing there are so many challenges to meet in the course of a day, sometimes I just want to stay under the covers. Eventually a glimpse of daylight through my curtains, the promise of coffee, or focusing on something I’m looking forward to that day helps me to get up.
What do you wish your were more conscious of?
I sometimes wish I were more conscious of my own progress. Other people say, “You’re doing so well! You’ve come so far!” but when I’m in the middle of a big project or a long-term endeavor, like writing a novel, it can be hard for me to perceive myself accurately. Sometimes I just have to trust that other people have the clearer vision of how I’m doing.
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
I really can’t help staying focused on writing. I adhere to Isaac Asimov’s words: "I write for the same reason I breathe: if I didn’t, I would die." I do get distracted from my life’s passion frequently, but after a few days of not writing, I get the definite sense that something is missing. I think that’s how you know when you’ve found your life’s calling. It also really helps to know other people who are involved in creative endeavors—a little support and accountability helps me to keep doing what I love doing.
About Alina Sayre:
Alina Sayre cut her teeth chewing on board books and has been in love with words ever since. She is currently attempting to forge a path as a freelance writer, editor, and English tutor without ending up living in a cardboard box.
Visit Alina Sayre here:
- Blog: alinasayre.blogspot.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alina-Sayre/394251127256188
- Twitter: @AlinaSayre