Gioia Diliberto knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her days as a dreamy child who spent most of her free time scribbling stories in her room. These days, Diliberto pens inventive novels like I Am Madame X -- in which she imagines the story behind a painting that fascinated her for years.
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Date of Birth:
June 7, 1950
Place of Birth:
B.A., DePauw University, 1972; M.A., University of Maryland, 1974
|An Author's Advice|
|In our exclusive interview, we asked Diliberto to share some wisdom with aspiring writers. "You don't necessarily have to write what you know, but you have to write what you want to know, what you're passionately interested in. And what suits your talents and sensibilities," she reveals. "Never write for the marketplace. Trying to write a bestseller or a Pulitzer Prize winner is the kiss of death."|
|Early Inspiration||Favorite Writers and Reads|
|The Great Gatsby|
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Diliberto told us about how F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic had a major impact on her as a writer. "To me, it is the perfect novel," she reveals. "The characters are so alive, the story so haunting and true, the themes so profound, and the language so gorgeous, that I feel deeply moved by it whenever I read it."
When we asked Dilbierto to name her all-time favorite books, most were classics, save for Ian McEwan's acclaimed masterpiece Atonement. "I was absolutely enchanted by it, couldn't wait to get to it at night and missed it terribly when I'd finished it," she reflects. Read our interview to learn more about Diliberto's best-loved books, among them:
|Photo by Tom Maday||