Interview: Alina Sayre

Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

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.

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  1. Alina, I like your philosophy about watching television: a little time-travel and time with loved ones. That's how I feel about Murdoch Mysteries, fabulous characters, and a forward-thinking homicide detective (hubba hubba, too) in Victorian Toronto.

    I purchased Downton Abbey on DVD, can't wait to watch, as I keep hearing good things.

    Thanks for spotlighting Alina, Sherri!

  2. Ooh, Murdoch Mysteries? Sounds like my next show has been found :P

  3. It's always so nice to get to know more about people through these interviews. The kindness of others has also been blowing me away recently. I'm glad you have those people in your life.

    I love Downton Abbey and have yet to watch season 2. It is sooo good, isn't it?

  4. Oh my goodness, yes! I think I'm liking Season 2 even more than Season 1. The costumes make me drool :)

  5. These interviews are always so interesting and it was fun having a peek into Alina's head this time around. I especially related to this line, "I sometimes wish I were more conscious of my own progress." It's wish I share, only I didn't realize it until I read it here.

    Shoot, now I feel that I really need to see Downton Abbey myself :-O

  6. Yikes, a peek into my head...better wear a hard hat; there are weird things flying around in there :) I hope that in some way this helped you to be more conscious of your own progress, Barbara--because you ARE making progress!

  7. I enjoyed the first season of Downton Abbey (though I was really frustrated by the eldest daughter constantly making poor decisions). Have you seen "From Lark Rise to Candleford"? I've liked the first-and-a-bit seasons of it that I've watched.

    Thanks, Alina, for sharing!

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