Adria J. Cimino in front of her beloved Eiffel Tower. Photo courtesy of Adria J. Cimino
NI: WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR TALENT
AJC: The earliest glimmer was in elementary school. I was about seven or eight and we made our own books, laminating the covers and tying all the pages together. I remember feeling joyful about the whole thing and realizing that I could actually write my own book! But from then until the point of publishing my first book as an adult, well, there was a lot of learning and work to be done!
NI: WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU HAD “MADE IT” EXPLAIN
AJC: I don’t think an author ever truly makes it to that point, or at least I haven’t. There’s always the feeling that the best story is yet to be told. I fantasize about that next great book I will write. And then when I do write it, I’m fantasizing about the next one!
NI: WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR ALTERNATE CHOICE AS A CAREER….WAS THERE ONE
AJC: I used to be a full-time journalist so I’ve always been something writing related, and I think I always will do something writing related as that’s really my thing. That said, I wish I could have many careers all in one lifetime: dancer, perfumer, attorney, doctor, to name a few. The closest I can get is creating characters that can live out my dreams.
NI: YOUR FAVORITE BOOK, MOVIE, THEATER (BALLET, OPERA, SYMPHONY), TYPE OF MUSIC, LOCAL RESTAURANT/AND-OR TYPE OF FOOD
AJC: Book: A Moveable Feast (because it describes the Paris I love most)
Ballet: The Nutcracker
Music: Jazz, classical… and 1990s pop
Food: Homemade Italian food and French food
AJC: Modern Dance, reading, musical theater, spending time with my husband and daughter and with friends
NI: HOME….MODERN, TRADITIONAL, ANTIQUES (WHAT ERA) ECLECTIC
AJC: I live in Paris and our apartment dates back to the nineteenth century, which actually is not very old for Paris. It has wooden beams, a slanted roof and is old enough to seem like an antique to me. There is something very charming about old apartments!
NI: WHO WOULD YOU HAVE AT YOUR FANTASY DINNER AND WHAT WOULD YOU SERVE
Andrew Lloyd Webber
My six-year-old daughter
My husband is a chef, who previously graduated from the Sorbonne, so I would ask him to come up with a meal inspired by literature! I would take charge of dessert, though, and it would have to be chocolate crème brulee. (NI: I’ll have to get this recipe for my readers, sounds too yummy not to have!!!!)
Adria and her daughter with A Perfumer’s Secret with flowers used in the text.
NI: FAVORITE VACATION SPOT VISITED AND WHERE DO YOU WANT TO VISIT
AJC: It’s so hard to choose a favorite spot… but one of my favorites is Sicily. For the natural beauty and the cuisine! As for where I’d like to visit: the Greek islands. My favorite places are near the water and usually have warm weather.
NI: YOUR FAVORITE ART PIECE AND WHY
AJC: The Starry Night by van Gogh because it was my mother’s favorite painting and it makes me think of her.
What insightful answers to my questionnaire, a little more than one gets from the book jackets…now you MUST read all of Adria’s books. I am doing a review on Paris, Rue des Martyrs in tomorrow’s Books Books Books post. I can’t wait to see what Adria has in store for us next…perhaps we can join her at her favorite cafe and watch the world go by with her…..stayed tuned!