Cristina Alger attended the Workshop in poetry in 1997.
I live in New York City, where I was born and raised.
I’ve been a full-time writer for five years now. I enjoy everything about it – it’s my dream job!
I love comedy. I love books about family dynamics and parenthood. I read mostly fiction, but lately I’ve read a few terrific memoirs as well. My second novel (THIS WAS NOT THE PLAN, out in Feb 2016 from Simon & Schuster) and my third novel (in process) are both comedies about the relationships between parents and children, siblings, spouses, so I love to see how other writers address these topics. And after a long day of writing and being a mom, I always can use a good laugh.
I’m working on a third novel. My second novel was much funnier and lighter than my first, and it was an absolute joy to write. So it’s been fun to continue in that vein and develop my own brand of comedic writing.
I’ve written two novels (THE DARLINGS and THIS WAS NOT THE PLAN). Writing a novel is a huge expenditure of time and emotion and effort, so of course those are more meaningful to me than the articles I’ve written in between. I did write an op-ed for the New York Times about my relationship with my father, which was and continues to be a deeply meaningful piece for me.
I think it was the first time I articulated an interest in creative writing to my parents. I was an athlete in high school and my summers were typically spent playing sports, so this was big departure and they were very supportive. When I got to college, I knew right away that I creative writing was something I wanted to pursue.
Read, read, read. Read all the time, as much as you can. All the best writers and editors I know are prolific readers.