MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ANNA CASAMENTO ARRIGO
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Anna Casamento Arrigo – Multi genres but,presently working on children’s books
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
“A Child’s Love” was inspired by my cousin,who has since passed. I dedicated the book to her, Pina, her daughter,Rosemarie, and granddaughter,Melanie. Pina, who suffered from a neurological disease, as well as a myriad of other ailments,some of which caused amputations,never seemed to lose her faith or her genuine smile and positive attitude. Watching her daughter and granddaughter tend to her every need along with the nurturing and unconditional love they shared,inspired me to write a story about their loving relationship.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always had an affinity for the English language,most especially, poetry. Ever since my arrival to the U.S. at the age o seven, I, quite honestly, began to devour books. Essentially, I was hooked at a very early age. Initially, I began with my memoir. You see, in 2011, I suffered a stroke and was unable to continue teaching Language Arts to my students. It was in this setting that a great deal of my love of reading and writing was shared with my students. Together,we explored the writing process,journal writing,as well as, studying some of our literary greats. I did keep a journal,Always did and,as a matter of fact, had the skeleton for a romance/suspense book,which I completed and published after my stroke,”The Shadow’s Secrets.”
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I’m retired as a result of my stroke. Most of my writing is done at night. Unless I’m moved or affected by a sight,sound,memory,etc. that captures or evokes a feeling then,that is when I write(that’s usually when I write poems). I try to devote an hour each day barring the onset of debilitating migraines (a by-product of my stroke)
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I am presently awaiting the release of another children’s book, “When Daddy’s Going Away,” a rhyming book with a powerful message. Parents divorce,children do not-a story of love,longing,family. It is,what I consider,a piece of my heart. I lost my dad when I was 12.
Where do your ideas come from?
My grandchildren, society, my past experience both in and out of the classroom inspire me to write my children’s books.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’m contemplating writing a series of short stories,ncluding,the paranormal,horror,sci-fi,etc.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The most difficult part of writing for me is writing a query letter.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I do not have a trailer nor have I considered one.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Besides my 5 children, I believe my best accomplishment would be overcoming aphasia and regaining strength and mobility on my left side.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Holding your published book.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don’t think about where I may be in 10 years. I’ve learned to live in the now.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
If you intend on writing anything, begin your writing from your heart first and foremost. Sometimes,when I get stuck ‘writer’s block,I’ll simply start writing la la la la and before I know it words just begin to find their way onto the paper.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
If I couldn’t write, then, I’d be painting,which I do as well.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read reviews. I like feedback. I’m always honing my craft. Bad reviews,just like good reviews,are subjective,and,as such,everyone has their own opinions and preferences I.e. to be respected.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on another children’s book,”Just Call Me Kyle.” It’s an lgbt/anti-bullying book about a little boy who is bullied because he wears bows…his dad is his champion…
Where did your love of books come from?
My passion for books began in elementary school.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I’m particularly drawn to the classics: Shakespeare,Poe,Chaucer,Joyce,Bronte sisters,Stowe,as well as Victorian,Harlem Renaissance poetry,and Contemporaries.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I don’t have just one favorite book…tough question for me…
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes me (most times).
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Coffee is my Kryptonite But so are my grandchildren and someone reciting a ‘touching my senses’ poem from memory (not in that order).
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I consider my readers but, I write from my heart and write what I need to write to fill my the nooks and crannies of my soul.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️