Today we are very fortunate to have the lovely Adria Cimino, author of the novel Paris Rue des Martyrs and a co-host of our Paris in July event, with us to answer some questions and give us insight into her writing process, take it away Adria:
“Hi Karen, thanks for inviting me to your blog!
1. What inspired you to write Paris Rue des Martyrs?
City life inspired me. I walked through Paris, often along the same streets, taking the subway at the same hour, passing the same cafes and many times the same people… I wondered about their stories, and by looking at their faces, realized that while Paris life was wonderful for some, it meant sadness for others. I wondered what would happen if the lives of some of these strangers we pass every day entwined. That idea fascinated me.
2. What do you think the setting of Paris brings to the book? Is it a character in its own right?
The setting is extremely important, indeed as a character in its own right. We see the charm of Paris, how it seduces or provides a safe haven for certain characters. And we see how its promises have left others disappointed, depressed. One of the main themes of the novel is how the same city can be a very different place for each person. I wanted to capture the reality of life in Paris and the many facets of the city’s “personality.”
3. Do you have a favourite character in the book and why?
Each time I’m asked this question and I think back to the book, my answer changes! I think it depends on my mood. At the moment, I can say my favorite is Rafael because he is so honorable… yet has to face situations that push him to his limits (and sometimes beyond). And yet, in my eyes, he remains honorable. I also think his story sets the pace for the novel and he ties a lot of elements together.
4. Can you tell us about a ‘typical’ writing day for you in Paris?
My writing routine has actually changed a lot over the years. When I was working full-time as a journalist, I wrote in the evenings and half days each weekend. Now that I’m no longer working full-time in an office, I’m able to devote weekdays to my writing! I usually get started around 9 a.m. right here in my home office and write all morning when everything is quiet and I actually can hear birds chirping outside of the window. I’ll stop for lunch – sometimes at the café downstairs, which I love – and then continue other writing-related tasks (such as marketing my novel or blogging) in the afternoon.
The most difficult thing at the moment is balancing the time I spend writing my newest project with the “marketing” aspect. I’ve had to reduce the amount of time I spend on the social networks and limit my blogging to about once a week in order to have enough time to write.
5. Are you planning a sequel to the book?
I’ve had some requests so maybe eventually! But I have many new ideas I would like to explore… If only I had more than 24 hours in a day!
6. What other writing projects are in the pipeline for you?
My next novel “Close to Destiny” is set for release in October. It is about the role of destiny in life and righting the wrongs of the past. And my third novel about a family of perfumers in Grasse, France, will be published next spring. I’ve been writing for more than a decade so I had the time to produce three manuscripts.
I plan on starting my fourth novel this summer!
7. What’s your favourite book set in Paris or France?
“A Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway. I love the Paris of today, but I can’t help loving the “old Paris” of writers even more. And this book transports me there.
Thank you so much to Adria for sharing some of herself with us in this post – you can head over here to see my review of her novel and to find a reader’s guide to the book – great for book groups!