Author Dorothy Hearst
Before the wolves barged in the door, demanding that their story be told, Dorothy Hearst was a senior editor at Jossey-Bass, where she published books for nonprofit, public, and social change leaders. She currently lives, writes, and plays with dogs in Berkeley, California. Spirit of the Wolves, the third and final title in the Wolf Chronicles, was released December 2.
Interview with Author Dorothy Hearst
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
The book I’m writing post-wolves is a ghost story set in the early 1800’s, so I’d say the past. I love the idea in Connie Willis’ time travel books that historians go into the past to study it. That would be fun. And then I could genetically engineer chocolate to make it a complete protein.
Also, in the future we’ll have to obey our raccoon overlords (Have you ever watched them? They can walk bipedally and can grasp objects as well as if they had opposable thumbs. It’s only a matter of time) and I don’t think I’d like that much. Seriously, though, I need to believe that we can change the future, so I’d go to the past and fix things I don’t like, and completely wreck the space-time continuum.
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
- Barack Obama
- Michelle Obama
- Terry Gross, because I’ve always kind of wanted to be her.
- Jane Goodall, because she’s one of my heroes.
- Atticus Finch (he’s real to me, so there).
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
- Daniel Day-Lewis as the character of Hawkeye in the The Last of the Mohicans I figure he’d know how to survive, and find food and water. And then you know, Daniel Day-Lewis.
- Giant tub of Marcona almonds mixed with dark chocolate and dried apricots because I’d be trying to ingest as many calories as possible.
- Dog (which would come with all dog accoutrements: food, water, toys, poop bags) for companionship, entertainment, and general furriness.
What is one book everyone should read?
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. It was first published in 1948, and is dated in some ways, but it’s still one of the best books on living life well I’ve ever read. It truly changed my life. There’s a reason this one’s been around forever.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
It would be a smackdown between coffee and mint chip. Coffee on the days I feel like an adult, mint chip when I’m feeling like a kid. The mint chip has to be stirred around in the bowl until it’s slurry.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
My mom’s mother died when I was twelve, so while I did meet her, I never got to know her when I was an adult. I would love to get to talk to her. She seems like she was a wonderful person.
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