Diana E. Almaretti was born in the Western United States’ very own Golden State, California. There, she won several local awards in her home region of the Bay Area.
Constantly drifting about in her own head, Diana switches rapidly between thinking about fictional characters, cosplaying as fictional characters, and roleplaying as fictional characters in egregiously long sessions of Dungeons and Dragons. Moments in the real world are spent preparing to do these other things at a later date. Easy enough to understand. She is in a near-constant state of fiendish obsession.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: The first book I solidly remember is Ruby the Red Fairy by Daisy Meadows. I read so many of those books I lose track of them.
Q: Do you have a lucky writing talisman? If so, what is it?
A: I don’t… but does caffeine count?
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: Maybe it’s not the most classically sophisticated choice, but The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins shaped my life. When I read it as a child I didn’t fully understand it, but as I grow older its maturity, depth, and ability to reach all age levels in such an incandescent way shines through. From its sympathetic characters to its ever-relevant political commentary… I’ve lost track of how many times my old worn paperback has been opened.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: I think I saw a scientific argument on YouTube for why super speed is the best logistically; however, I’d love to be able to turn invisible. It’s not only a cool party trick, but also think of all of the dirt you could expose by sneaking into places you shouldn’t be. Maybe all writers are just chronic eavesdroppers.
We pull in front of the half-lit Walmart sign, the first ‘A’ flashing like a strobe and the ‘L’ out entirely. There are abandoned shopping carts strewn haphazardly across the front entrance in the night breeze, lonely and forgotten by whatever poor employee got stuck with the night shift; my eyes shift to a homeless …