Interview with Aria Cusano

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in middle school after the first real poetry unit. In sixth grade I always found myself writing in the margins of books, or on the back of tests when I had finished them. I eventually started filling a notebook I kept just for that after being scolded by teachers for my scrawlings. The notebooks eventually went into a suitcase, and scraps of papers, napkins, etc joined them. I've written thousands of poems and short stories over the years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A steampunk/diselpunk inspired fantasy adventure, outlining and showcasing human relationships and how they grow.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Alot of denied letters from publishing house, don't get me wrong, I want an agent, and I would love to be published majorly, but I want my story out there. Hey if a steaming pile of crap like Fifty Shades can do it, so can I.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The feeling of it. It pours out of me, it feels like dancing and it's just so freeing for me.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, my fans are my friends, family, and the people who continually encourage me and have supported me along this strange and unusual journey.
What are you working on next?
My novel series. A little sneak peak the title of the series is Beyond The Dream, I really can't wait to share it with you all!
Who are your favorite authors?
Such a hard question, I have hundreds but I suppose I'll limit it to the ones I am most influenced by which are J.K Rowling who wrote the Harry Potter series which was the first book series I read on my own and really got into, it opened the doors to literature for me, and started my love of reading. Irving Stone for his amazing ability to pull history and fiction together to paint such vivid portraits. Bukowski for his insane and beautiful chaotic poetry. The Brontes for being one amazing writers who really took the idea of romance and crafted it into it's own elegant madness. I could keep going, on and and on but those are just some of my favorites.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Work, food, I try not to get out of bed honestly, but responsibility calls. I rather say curled up with someone comfy, a couple of furbabies, and read a book or watch a film with a big cup of tea or coffee nearby.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sleeping, working, eating. In those orders. Or wandering around the city I live in and reading at random spots. I love to just travel about and read a book soaking up the atmosphere. Bars during the day when they are most empty and the sun is pouring in is my favorite, give me a gin and tonic and I'm set curled up in a booth with a book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a very bizarre short blurb really. Three pages on the idea of God, reality, and acceptance of the human condition. I was in the eighth grade and my teacher took me aside and suggested I write more age appropriate materials for her class but that I should write submissions for literary magazines.
What is your writing process?
My process is as messy as they come. I day dream. Then I just write something. Sometimes I go off on a tangent, or I just write a short blurb. I've sat down and written over 15,000 words in one sitting just on one idea thats been sitting in my file on my computer or a notebook someplace never to be touched again. I only continue things that really unfold in my mind. My novel is an example of that. I started writing what was supposed to be a short story and it morphed into something so much more, the characters, the places, I see them so vividly in my mind. When I get stuck I day dream as that character what would they do, where have they been, who are they, what kinda adventures have they had. I get alot of my backstory for my characters that way, as well as alot of the pov and first person parts of my novel.

When I really start writing though, I listen to music that puts me in the place or mood, alot of Enya, celtic music, some other bizzare albums by random artists like Abney Park, Linkin Park, Bjork, and Juno Reactor have been what I listened to during fight scenes, or particular sequences. I also write best when I have no internet connection, alot less distractions, and I really can dive into and explore my world that way. And of course a cup of tea or coffee is always nearby.

I just write to be honest, I think everyone should just write whats in their head and heart. What do they hear the loudest.
Published 2015-07-09.
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Books by This Author

Hearts Filthy Lesson
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 27,560. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The third collection of poetry and short stories by Aria Cusano including her never before released Novella "Dollmaker"
Dreamcatchers & Whiskey
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 7,880. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Travel down the cobblestone streets of NYC in a drunken frenzy, walk down to the corner of Hollywood & Vine looking over your shoulder in fear of an old love, and wonder what is with the unknown Mass that is sitting next to you on the bed playing chess with chunks of your mind. Poetry to take you away and reveal an introspective onto the ever morphing life of the poet.
You're Precious
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 11,700. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A short collection of poems inspired by love, heartbreak, inner turmoil, and anger.