Interview with Cristiana DiPietro

What are you working on next?
Currently I'm in production for a feature film titled, "Fireflies in Gloaming." Hopefully we will be done with principal photography by the end of the year. Speaking of the end of the year, my film festival (The Monarch Film Festival) will be underway in December. Back for it's fifth year! As far as another book is concerned, there is a continuation to my Atlantis story well in the works!
Who are your favorite authors?
I've always enjoyed Bryce Courtenay and John Steinbeck. Because of my work with film, I tend to read a lot of screenplays. As far as screenwriters are concerned, I'm a fan of Graham Yost, Robert Harling, John Hughes and Jim Uhls, among others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, to be honest, necessity... and coffee. If I didn't have those two things, I would probably stay in bed and binge watch the Blacklist on Netflix. Oh wait...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I make movies and dinner... lots and lots of dinner.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh man... no, I don't. But I did create plays with my twin brother. We had a whole saga dedicated to Mike Tyson. This was the 80's, so...
What is your writing process?
For the book I made the commitment to write 1000 words a day, come hell or high water. I did this initially on my iPad mini while my infant napped. Then of course, I ran out of space so I transferred everything to my computer and continued the journey. Now, when I was developing this story, I would listen to New Age, World and Motion Picture music. I created the majority of the story next to this music. One day, if this goes anywhere, I'll have to release that soundtrack. It will very random... We're talking John Woo's Broken Arrow next to Enya.
How do you approach cover design?
I had a very specific idea of what I wanted in this cover. My Graphic Designer created a poster for one of my films, "Operation Belvis Bash" and I loved it. I contacted him and he created exactly what I had in my head, which blew my mind. Half the time I don't even know how to make heads or tails of what's going in there... but he did. It's science.
What do you read for pleasure?
Believe it or not, I read the news. I got rid of cable television a couple of years ago and just ache for someone to tell me what's going on... like I'm in the hospital. So I read the news. Google news is my favorite.
Describe your desk
Oh boy... Well it's made of wood. At least it's got that going for it. It has a bottle of saline nose spray behind the monitor, a checkbook with one check in it, about three hard drives just sprawled out all over the place, a big container of peanuts and a stamp for a bank account that has long since been closed. Yeah, it's kind of a hot mess.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I started developing this story as a means of coping with Insomnia I developed as a teenager. After listening to meditation music, I had a dream about dying in Atlantis. I for whatever reason, couldn't shake the dream. So I started listening to other types of music and began developing the story. It was initially intended on being a screenplay, but every time I tried to write it out that way, it was way too long. So I decided to write it out without any restrictions. Turns out I was writing a book. Who knew?!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to see something that means to much to me, be given a platform to hopefully entertain other people.
Published 2016-09-28.
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