Nancy Farkas, a student of psychology and linguistics, used her real life experiences as a social worker, wife, mother, and passionate world traveler to bring life and depth to the cast of characters in This Nearly Was Mine.
After receiving both undergraduate and graduate degrees from New York University, Nancy moved to Westchester County where she now resides with her family.
In addition to teaching English to speakers of other languages, Nancy loves hearing from her readers and speaking at book clubs throughout the New York metropolitan area.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on Long Island in New York. Living in a multiracial, multicultural environment, I was surrounded by intelligent friends and inspirational teachers. It was a privilege to have lived in such close proximity to New York City and Jones Beach, where there was always something to stimulate great stories-true or imagined.
What do you read for pleasure?
Generally, the books I read are not particularly pleasurable. I read books for information that will make me appear smarter than I am. I inhale books about travel. I have read almost everything written by Bill Bryson, including his lesser known books about language and science. I loved his biography of Shakespeare. I read "The Know-It-All" by A. J. Jacobs four times consecutively, hoping to retain as much as possible. It was a lot easier than reading the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Annie is married to the love of her life, raising three children. Her curious teenage daughter seeks out Annie's ex-boyfriend while backpacking through Spain. Once he reappears in her life, Annie is overcome with memories of her romantic past, second guessing every decision she’s ever made, and wonders about the life that nearly was hers.