PROFILE: ADRIA J. CIMINO, AUTHOR EXTRAORDINAIRE

You may remember I did a review of A Perfumer’s Secret a couple of weeks ago.  I was given a copy of the book by its author, Adria J. Cimino, to do a review which I eagerly agreed to do. While having an email conversation with Adria I asked her if she would be willing to do the nenasnotes questionnaire, she immediately said yes!  I am thrilled to be able to include her in this week’s Monday Profile post.  I know you will enjoy getting to know the author, I found her to be as charming as her books.
The following copy and answers to my questionnaire are from Adria…
“Adria J. Cimino is the author of Amazon Best-Selling novels Paris, Rue des Martyrs and Close to Destiny, as well as A Perfumer’s Secret and The Creepshow. She also co-founded boutique publishing house Velvet Morning Press. Prior to jumping into the publishing world full time, she spent more than a decade as a journalist at news organizations including The AP and Bloomberg News. She lives in Paris with her husband, Didier, and daughter, Phèdre. When she isn’t writing, you can find Adria at her neighborhood café watching the world go by.”

 

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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)

Theater: Cats!

Ballet: The Nutcracker

Music: Jazz, classical… and 1990s pop

Food: Homemade Italian food and French food

NI: HOBBIES…

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

AJC:

Ernest Hemingway

Anais Nin

Henry Miller

Marilyn Monroe

Madonna

Oprah

Alvin Ailey

Marie-Claude Pietragalla

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!!!!)

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 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!

 

3 thoughts on “PROFILE: ADRIA J. CIMINO, AUTHOR EXTRAORDINAIRE

  1. Gayle King December 19, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Nena, I loved this note! I want to buy one of her books now as a Christmas Present to me!
    thanks

    Like

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