The Heroine’s Journey of Cristiana Pivari

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I like the idea of being able to give moments of serenity and leisure to those who read me, maybe leading them to reflect

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Be at peace with myself

What is my greatest fear? To lose the people I love and to die before understanding the purpose of my life

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I’m very impulsive, and this isn’t always a good thing because it often leads me to make unwise choices. But I’m working on it.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire many writers. I could mention Stefano Benni, Simone Tempia, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Paulo Cohelo, Melania Mazzucco, and many others that I don’t remember now because I really read a lot.

What is my greatest extravagance? I am extravagant by nature, so…

On what occasion would I lie? When I was a child I used to tell a lot of lies that were truth to me. Now I am incapable of lying and therefore I would never do it because the truth always pays.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I don’t like to keep reading what I wrote to correct it.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?When, after reading one of my stories, first to a national award, a woman told me: When you write you bring goodness to people, never stop. I thought a lot about those words and I understood that writing can become a mission. Of course it depends on what you write. I prefer to talk about everyday life. A friend of mine had nicknamed me the queen of everyday life.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would like to be less dispersive. I start a thousand things and I finish one. I would like to be more determined and have more self-esteem so I could be a good manager of myself.

What is my greatest achievement in work? First places in three national fiction.
The first prize I won, with a collection of stories, gave me the impetus to continue writing. That work is now published in English, Spanish and German, as well as in Italian. The title in English is Me, myself and I

Where would I most like to live? I would like to live at the sea

What is my most treasured possession? My children and my grandchildren

What is my most marked characteristic? I have a strong irony and the ability to empathize with people

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? A wood near my house with secular and rare trees where I gladly go to think new stories.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I love sushi and so all the Japanese restaurants in the city are the favorite places.

What books influenced my life and how? Little women of Louise Alcott because I identified myself in Jo March and I wanted to become a writer and David Copperfield of Charles Dickens because the story of that unfortunate child has populated my dreams. My book for kids “That strange child with velvet pants” is dedicated to him.

Who are my favorite writers? Charles Dickens indeed, Philip Roth, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Fedor Dostoevsky, Virginia Wolf, Italo Calvino, Elsa Morante.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? The soundtrack of Jesus Christ Superstar

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Renée Michel from The Elegance of the Hedgehog, a woman who looks empty but capable of great reflections on life. It reminds me the concierge of the building where I lived when I was a child.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? At this moment those who work with and try to help migrants.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? The color purple

What role plays art in my life and work? It is indispensable, art is beauty and I feel a great need to elevate my spirit. And when the spirit is high, writing is more fluid.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My son and my daughter

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? With anyone who needs someone who writes dialogues and scripts.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? The writers who participated with me in a collective writing project that became a novel published under the title Il Pacco. We only know each other on Facebook.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I want to finish the novel I’m writing and who knows if I can do it by 2018

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
If the passion is lost, let it go and move on to something else.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Iaia, my daughter, Renata, my friend

How can you contact me?


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