Interview with Cristina Dutrieux

Who are your favorite authors?
I love John Steinbeck, Joseph Campbell, Martha Beck, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Dr. Seuss and a few hundred others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My love for my family, friends and the people I meet. I am a fully relational beings and can't see the meaning of it all without love and affection.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
At the moment I am taking care of my son full-time. We play, take walks in the park every day and have mommy-and-me meetings with other moms and children in our neighborhood. My husband and I like to explore a lot so the three of us go on small adventures during the weekend. I love to go to museums, especially art museums. The cinema is a grand Palace of Wonders for me, although I don't get to go these days as I have yet to entrust my babe to a babysitter... (I know... I know...).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I just browse and see what catches my eye.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not at all. I was too afraid of writing so I must have blocked the experience out of my memory.
What is your writing process?
It has changed over the years. I used to think I need to be more organized and make time every day to write, whether I felt like it or not. That did not produce great results though. So now I just write whenever I feel an inkling of inspiration, wherever I happen to be. I am done with waiting for the perfect time and the perfect place.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have loved stories ever since I can remember. I don't quite know which one was the first but one of the earliest books I read is called "The Little Witch", written by a German author, Otfried Preußler. Here's a link to the Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/The-Little-Witch-Ab-J/dp/3522174399.

I was completely mesmerized by this book, at the tender age of 6 or so. It is very funny, first of all and very creative. It paints a complete world in which one could disappear completely. Also, I wanted to be like the Little Witch who was belittled by the older, more "knowing" witches but who, in the end, makes a life for herself.
How do you approach cover design?
I do a lot of research, looking at book covers on the Internet. I found a number of websites of cover designers who showcase their work. Also, I have taken a book cover course with Chip Kidd, the designer of many legendary book covers.
Describe your desk
Picture frames on the left, with photos of my family. A big pile of drawing tools on the right. A big monitor in between.
Published 2014-09-26.
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