AN INTERVIEW WITH LYNNE HINTON
What music, food, drink, toys, etc… do you keep by your side when you're writing?
I have a picture of a friend of mine who died with AIDS while we were in graduate school together. Stephen Clover was a funny, warm, and passionate man who loved life. I keep his picture next to my computer to remind me of the beauty of each day. I know that if he were still alive he would be doing something fabulous. I keep his picture handy just to keep from whining.
What book, movie, TV show, or album has changed your life, and how?
I loved the movie, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and I find myself thinking about it years after I first saw it. It changed my life by helping me to see how “burdened” I can make myself. I choose to live my life in “lightness.”
Besides being an author, what is your fantasy job?
Oh, no question, I’d like to be a cowgirl.
Who is or was your favorite pet? What made him/her so great?
Milagro (Mel) the dog showed up at our house while my husband and I were vacationing. I had been going through a difficult time and I had been praying for some sign that I was going to be okay, that life was going to be okay. Mel was this being of gentleness and strength and he kept me balanced and centered for a number of years. When he was diagnosed with lymphoma and died a few months after the diagnosis, I thought I wouldn’t be able to breathe again. He was this great big, furry gift of heaven.
What’s the most sentimentally valuable possession you own?
My grandmother’s hand mirror. I have always wanted to see myself the way she saw me. She was the most loving and faithful person I have ever known and she always made me feel special and important.
What do you enjoy doing the most with your free time?
I love hiking with my new four-legged companion, Carmella and I enjoy deep and truthful conversations with friends. I also really like making up stories about people I’m watching.