Here’s one reason you should join a book club: it gets you reading books you wouldn’t normally pick up. Case in point, I usually read tons of historical fiction. But I decided to join a literature book club and David Cristofano‘s The Girl She Used to Be was the book selection. I loved it! So much so, that I had to see if I could interview David for this blog.
Enjoy this interview.
I loved loved loved The Girl She Used to Be, and particularly enjoyed your writing style. Where did you get the idea for this one?
Thank you so much! I’ve always loved stories that revolve around the concept of identity. Every person has a longing to truly understand who he/she is meant to be. Out of that concept emerged the question: What if you weren’t permitted to have an identity at all? What if someone told you time and time again who you are–your name, your occupation, your address, even who you are permitted to have relationships with. An individual in witness protection seemed to serve as the perfect candidate. Plus, so often the story is told of the marshal protecting the witness, but rarely from the opposite point of view.
You were nominated for an Edgar Award, which had to be pretty exciting, and have also had The Girl She Used to Be optioned by some very reputable people. What’s it feel like to get so much positive recognition about your book?
Yes, very exciting and very flattering! Unexpected gifts in both instances. To be recognized as such is more than I could’ve ever imagined. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a wonderful translation to celluloid.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I try to write every morning, seven days a week, no matter how much I get out. Due to the particular schedule for my day job, “morning” means writing from 3:30 AM to around 5:45 AM, and to 7:30 on the weekends. Not a schedule I recommend–and now that I have finished my newest novel, not likely a schedule I would attempt again. As for what’s next, my editor is reviewing my recently completed novel, which is essentially a combined prequel and sequel to THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE–though the story is told not from the point of the witness, but from the mafioso’s, including a retelling of the events that occurred in GIRL.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Oh, there are so many. I love books that equally entertain and inform. I read The Blind Side by Michael Lewis not too long ago and really enjoyed the insight into the college football recruitment process (a topic only loosely covered in the film.)
Where can we learn more about you?
You can read more about me at www.davidcristofano.com, which will have upcoming news on releases and updates on the movie version of The Girl She Used to Be, along with links to reviews and interviews and more.