Featured Author: Michelle Maisto

Featured Author: Michelle MaistoAnatomy of the Writer

What are writers for?

To interpret the world. To reimagine the world.

Quill and parchment or touch typing?

Without a backspace key I’d get nowhere. Long live the MacBook!

Required beverage while editing?

Double-shot Americano.

Describe your imagination.

Cautious. Writing, for me, has always started with a desire to as closely as possible commit to the page a moment/feeling/idea/image just as it is in my head. With that accomplished (or very nearly) I can move forward and explore where the piece is going, though still not in any way I’d necessarily call creative. It’s maybe the reverse. I try to be open but disciplined — I’m in search of a thing that exists (the truth), so it’s not so much about being imaginative as trying to figure out how to pull back the layers and find that kernel of truth at the center. The best writing is in the truest statements.

Anatomy of the Reader

Where’s your favorite place to read?

In bed.

Have you ever read one of your books for pleasure?


What’s the one thing that the book you’re currently reading is missing?


Describe your perfect book in the form of a three course meal.

A mixed-green salad, a bitter-greens quiche, and a strawberry-arugula sorbet. (I like a simple thing investigated, and just a little something unexpected.)

Uncustomary Traditions

Favorite places: used bookstores; outdoor cafes; my sisters’ homes; anywhere my daughter is

Weaknesses: I’m a sucker for the underdog

Believes in: doing the right thing

Refuses to: join the mainstream

Uncustomary Reviews of Author’s Work: The Gastronomy of Marriage

1 Comment

  1. Mariateresa Bombardieri says:

    I like Oriana Fallaci : who was a writer stating the truth.

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