I was born in Italy, where I lived until the age of 19, when I moved to London in search of something my country of origin could not give me. I now live in Hove, South England, with my husband and our lovely children.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember, ever since I was in primary school. Communicating thorough written words has always come natural to me. It seemed easier to express myself on paper, where nobody could judge me for what I was trying to say.
But now I have grown and I am settled in my own life; I feel I can finally turn my need to write things down into something I can share with other people.
I have many stories to tell. All I need is someone who wants to sit down and listen.
What inspires you to write?
I write because I have to.
I started writing in a diary, when I was seven years old. I was very reserved back then and writing was one of the only ways I could get things off my chest. If I didn’t write about my day or my feelings, I would make up stories – mostly involving myself – and when I couldn’t write I would think up stories or whisper them to myself. That I still do. It is hard to explain without sounding completely mad, but it’s a bit like listening to an audio book… Only, nobody else can hear it because it’s playing in my head. The darkness in life, violence, sadness, injustice, all these things inspire me to write. I like to write about misunderstood characters, misfits, and anyone who has a dark side.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually start a story by thinking about a possible event into a person’s life. It will be something traumatic, that has great consequences onto a character’s life. Then I find a face to fit the person I am trying to create. This could be a well known celebrity or someone I know personally. Once I find a face for my character, it becomes easier to attach a personality, things he/she might say, expressions, movements.
Once I have chosen the main event of my story and the main character, I write a very loose timeline. It helps me to stay on track with the story I am trying to tell but very often I end up in a completely different direction.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t listen or talk to my characters. I imagine them in situations and try to figure out what they would do.
What advice would you give other writers?
I don’t feel I am in a place to give advices yet, to be honest. But if I had to, the only piece of advice I can give is ‘go for it’. If you think you have a story within you, even if it’s only one, just go ahead and write it down. You might just surprise yourself. And be disciplined.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my first novel because I tried to go the traditional route and didn’t find a publisher willing to take it on. I waited a few years, licking my wounds, feeling defeated. Then I realised that by publishing the book myself I had absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain. The whole process has been extremely empowering. Innocent Monsters is getting really positive review and I am proud of what I have achieved so far.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will always be printed books out there, but not as many as there has been in the past. I believe printing books will become a secondary way of publishing and every author will be launching their books online rather than through bookshops.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
I write fiction, mysteries, thrillers, crime stories
What formats are your books in?
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