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Eva Moon is an internationally produced playwright, screenwriter, performer, and songwriter with a new novel coming out in March 2023.
Eva Moon is an author, songwriter, playwright, screenwriter, performer, and former Huffington Post blogger. Her plays and musicals have been staged across the US and UK, and her solo musical, “The Mutant Diaries: Unzipping My Genes” is streaming on Amazon. Look for her novel, “Pinocchio’s Guide to the End of the World” in March, 2023. More at https://evamoon.net
Eva Moon is an author, humorist, songwriter, playwright, screenwriter, performer, and former Huffington Post blogger. Her plays and musicals have been staged across the US and UK, and her solo musical show, “The Mutant Diaries: Unzipping My Genes” is streaming on Amazon. Her screenplay HOUSE ODDS was a Page Awards finalist and was optioned. She has released five music CDs; her music has appeared in feature film soundtracks. Her first novel “Pinocchio’s Guide to the End of the World” which follows the adventures of a grown-up, human Pinocchio in fascist Europe between the world wars, is scheduled for a March 2023 release. More at https://evamoon.net • Longer bio here>>
Interview topic: What does Pinocchio know about being real?
Not just one, but TWO major Pinocchio movies are coming out this year. Disney’s live-action remake of their 1940 animated classic arrives in theaters Sept 8 and in December, Netflix releases a darker stop-action Pinocchio directed by Guillermo del Toro. He’s having a moment. But why?
After my own experiences with traumatic body changes, I became fascinated by Pinocchio and his physical transformation. My play “Geppetto’s Funeral” finds Pinocchio at midlife, looking back and wondering if becoming human was worth it. My new novel “Pinocchio at the End of the World” is set in Europe during the rise of Fascism between the World Wars and follows him as a young man still struggling to understand what it means to be real – especially in troubled times.
We make many wishes about our bodies. We want them to live up to impossible standards, to make us happy and loved, to reflect our ideal selves. And too often, they let us down. Perhaps we’re asking too much of them. With two new movies coming out, it’s a great time to talk about the deeper themes that lurk beneath the surface of childhood tales.
More interview topics
- Using humor to cope with stress. Everyone knows about PTSD, but do you know about Post-Traumatic Growth? Some people not only cope with stress but come through it stronger, more resilient, and happier than before. A lot depends on your outlook and your ability to find something to laugh about. Talk delivered at several oncology conferences and featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer
LivingThriving with the risk of hereditary cancer – When Eva underwent a double mastectomy and hysterectomy and lost her mother to cancer in the same few months, she turned her grief into a one-woman musical comedy stage show that has inspired international audiences. She believes we all have the power to find joy after tragedy. See Mutant Diaries and BRCA blog posts.
- Secret Germany. Traveling to research a novel is very different from leisure or business travel. In a whirlwind ten days, Eva crept through a dripping 1500-year-old mine, stayed in a tiny mountain village straight out of a fairy tale, explored ancient tunnels under a medieval town, got an unexpected private tour of a boarded-up Berlin circus, raced across a windswept salt marsh to a historic lighthouse on the North Sea coast.
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- Eva uses an AKG C3000B microphone and a Steinberg UR13 Audio Interface for online interviews.
About Eva Moon
- Your other creative endeavors include songwriting, short stories, and screenwriting. Have any of these helped you with novel writing? Which kind of writing gives you the most joy?
- How do your real-life experiences inspire fantasy writing?
- What did you learn the last time you Googled your name?
- You have written an optioned screenplay. Do you plan to turn this novel into a screenplay?
- What’s something you’ve done that you’re confident no one else has done?
- What’s next?
About “Pinocchio’s Guide to the End of the World”
- Pinocchio is a cultural icon, largely thanks to Disney. Why have you chosen to revisit the story?
- Your story features Fascists and Nazis and violence. Pinocchio is a children’s character. Is your novel suitable for children?
- What makes your novel different from the movie versions?
- During the writing and editing process, did any character do something that surprised you?
- Your story travels from Italy to England and then to Germany. Are any locations based on real places? Were you able to visit and research any of them?
- Will there be a sequel?
Past media coverage
- King 5 TV News interview
- Good Men Project: Unbearable for him to see my scars
- Creative Flair and Pause …Eva Moon Regroups and Thrives after BRCA Surgeries
- Philadelphia Inquirer: Harnessing Humor to Cope with Cancer
- Redmond Reporter
- Q13 TV News interview
- Making Music Magazine: Musicians Battle Breast Cancer With Music
Past speaking appearances
- Keynote presenter, National Society of Genetic Counselors annual conference, 2018
- Presenter, FORCE International conference on hereditary cancer, 2017, 2018
Awards & Publications
- “Growing Feathers” – short story in Etherea Magazine, August 2022
- Page Screenwriting Award finalist
- VALA Women Artists in [R]evolution award
Social media links
Other online content
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 206-817-9777