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About Trigiani

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In The Words of Others
  • "Adriana was raised in a small coal mining town in southwest Virginia in a big Italian family. She chose her hometown for the setting and title of her debut novel, the critically acclaimed and bestselling Big Stone Gap, followed by the sequels Big Cherry Holler and Milk Glass Moon. Since 1999, Adriana has delivered a novel a year to her devoted fans."

    A brief biography of Trigiani from her own Website. The rest of the article describes her many and varied accomplishments.

  • "Trigiani is the rare novelist who also has written the screenplay for her book and will direct the movie. Her tight control over the story's jump to the big screen is part of her determination to tell the story in her own way."
    "Jessica Gleason, 27, a New Yorker who learned about Trigiani's books from her mother, says, 'They are written for women but not too much in the chick-lit vein. The characters do fall in love and get married, but there's a depth to the female characters, and that's attractive to young women readers.'"

    An article from the USAToday detailing Trigiani's popularity, talent, and multi-faceted career.

In Her Own Words
  • "Well, I've been a full-time writer since 1989. First in television and film, and now in books, with a couple projects per year in film and television still. I started out writing plays for the theater, and I have a feeling that someday I will do something in that arena again. I'm very excited to be working on young adult novels; I'm one of five sisters and my girlfriends are the best. I love writing about the journey, our journey as women."
    [On Mountain Top Removal] "I believe that an artist is writing (or painting, or composing, etc.) about the emotional landscape of a culture. The feelings. The why behind the action. And sometimes the greater world pushes through. It certainly did in Home to Big Stone Gap."

    An FAQ session with Trigiani from her Website. Includes questions about her work and her personal life.

  • "Every part of my day is planned--and I mean planned," she affirms. If she needs four hours to think, she schedules it in. "I'm very disciplined. Writing is not a job I do; it's the way I live. So anybody who's in my life knows this ... Once an idea has gestated enough, when I sit down all I do is work. I don't stare, look around or move around; it's ready to be born."

    A 2001 Interview with Bella Stander about writing and its place in Trigiani's busy life.

  • "I never thought in a million years when I was growing up in Big Stone Gap that I would be writing this to you today. Books have always been sacred to me -- important, critical, fundamental -- and a celebration of language and words. And authors! When I was little, I didn't play Old Maid, I played authors. They had cards with the famous authors on them. Now, granted, they didn't look like movie stars, but I loved what they wrote and had to say. I can boil this all down to one thing: I love to tell stories -- and I love to hear them. I didn't think there was a job in the world where I would get to do both, and now thank God, I've found it."

    Trigiani in an interview with Barnes & Noble. She talks about her favorite books, movies, and music as well as her own career. Scroll up the page for another brief biography.

  • [On writing Rococo] "Writing a male protagonist really wasn't different from writing a woman. I don't think of that when I'm writing; I'm in an imaginary world where anything is possible."
    [On The Queen of the Big Time] "I found out, and of course through my friendship with my late grandmothers, that the 1920s were a wild and carefree time. Women worked, made their own money, and many went to college. I was intrigued by this, in light of the 1950s when lots of us were sent back to the kitchen in frilly aprons. I like independent women --- and am one. I always felt I had to make my way and make my own living --- I certainly got this from my grandmothers. This is true feminism --- being able to take care of yourself --- and then upon finding and falling in love with a good person of character, merging those values. I like that."

    Two interviews--one from 2004 and one from 2005--with Bookreporter.com. She discusses Rococo and The Queen of the Big Time.

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