Author Interview: ‘White Wine and Medical Marijuana’ by Julia Cirignano

About the Book:

A Compilation of Poems

White Wine & Medical Marijuana is a book of poetry that explores themes such femininity, sexuality, weakness, strength, addiction, power, and profanity. It analyzes these themes, while keeping the language casual, simple, and accessible to all readers. Enjoy the power struggle between self criticism and self love, the raw life observations, and the relentless scrutinization of everyday life.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I have always loved to write, and decided to major in creative writing once excelling in English classes in high school. I actually first focused on songwriting since I am also a musicians, but eventually decided that I was more interested in writing lyrics than melodies. Fun fact, some of the poems in my new book White Wine & Medical Marijuana started out as songs.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Not particularly. My writing process tends to be me writing some weird, random lines in the notes app on my phone when the idea first comes to me, and then turning them into actual poems later at my desk.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

My writing always comes straight from real life experiences. Sometimes an idea will come to me from seemingly nowhere, but most of the time I am inspired, disturbed, or intrigued by an event or concept that I am struggling with in my own life.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

My poems have a life of their own. I feel as though I really only aid in writing them down. If I think too much about where I want a piece of writing to go, I never end up getting there.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I have always loved poetry since I first read Emily Dickinson. I loved reading and writing poetry before I even realized I was writing poetry. Even when I was writing mainly short stories, I was really writing free verse poetry – just because of my style of writing.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

N/A

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

Yes, I am always reading in the middle of reading of book. I have a lot of favorites, both old and new. Dickinson, Bradstreet, Thoreau, Emerson, Bukowski, Kaur, Leav, Ferrante, Plath, etc. I read everything.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m currently reading the new Kevin Hart book I Can’t Make This Up and the new Lang Leav novel Sad Girls. I strongly recommend both.  

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The Bell Jar by Silvia Plath, no questions asked. I have never related to an entire book in the way I have to this one, and I’ve also never been so effected by a book.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

One doesn’t become a writer, you just are. But if you want to be a published writer, you need to put some work in. Honestly though, the way self-publishing works these days, anyone can become a published author. I used Create Space, but I know people who have also had great luck with Lulu and similar sites.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

I post pretty consistently on my book’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WhiteWineMedical) and also on Twitter (@JuliaJulia1001). You can also check out my website www.JuliaCirignano.com for updates on all of my publications.

 

About the Author:

Julia Cirignano is a writer from Boston Ma. She was homeschooled through high school, and graduated Endicott College this past May with a BA in creative writing with a music minor. Julia has several articles published by Limelight Magazine and That Music Magazine, and poetry published in The Endicott Review, The Endicott Observer, Mad Swirl, The New York Literary Magazine, Red Wolf Journal, and The Somerville Times. In her spare time, Julia enjoys reading novels, writing poetry, and riding her horse Leo.

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