First Language(s): Italian
Second Language(s): English, French, Russian
Chiara Maxia is an actress and writer originally from the island of Sardinia, Italy. She has lived in different places including England, Moscow, and Paris, where she graduated in Film Acting. She now lives between France and Italy, and she’s currently working on a poetry collection expected to be published by The Opiate Books in 2024.
What was your favorite book as a child?
I don’t remember having one in particular, but I have a precious memory related to Roal Dahl’s Matilda: my parents had brought me to a dinner party, and while the adults played board games, I had curled up in an armchair with the aforementioned book, and got so into it that I didn’t realise the time passing or what was happening around me — at midnight I was brought back to reality by a line of grownups clinking their glasses against my coke because my birthday had just started — I was now eight.
What was the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?
That’s always a difficult question, as in my case there wasn’t a pivotal moment, it just happened: at some point I realised I was full of stories, poems and notebooks filled up to capacity.
What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?
If I have to pick one, I’d say it was quite an adventure to move to Moscow without knowing anyone or having an acceptable level of Russian — still, once there I met some really great people and learned a lot!
Do you listen to music while reading or writing?
There’s a lot of music that puts me in the right mood for writing, mostly blues, dreampop and shoegaze. I have a playlist called “music to write to” on my Spotify.
[the Waitress with the Roman Nose]
Issue Fall '23