I was born and raised in the beautiful seaside town of Genoa, Italy, where I studied for a degree in Italian, Spanish and English Literature, specializing in psychology and sociology. After spending a few years in Switzerland, I moved permanently to London.
I work as manager of a wellness and beauty centre, and as beauty consultant for various prestigious brands of cosmetics. I also loves fashion and art, areas closely connected with the world of aesthetics.
I’ve always been a hungry reader and consumer of books of all kinds, and I fell in love with the fantasy genre during adolescence, after a chance reading of the timeless classic ‘The Lord of the Rings’.
My true passion, however, is still writing:
“I think I held a pen before walking. Despite new technology, I’ve always been fond of the good old pen, scribbling notes on used travel tickets, handkerchiefs and even worn pages of old diaries. It’s the only way I’m able to capture and bring to life the ideas that are constantly running through my head.”
I began writing at school, producing essays, articles, term papers on the humanities. I then continued with more technical writings in the fields of aesthetics and cosmetology, also taking care of the school programme for beautician internships.
However, the idea of writing ‘a real novel’ has always been on my mind.
‘Ecliptic’ is my true debut. It’s a fantasy/Sci-Fi novel and is the first of a saga that bears its name.
What inspires you to write?
The idea of ‘Ecliptic’ came to me by pure chance when my husband and I were talking about the constellations; it was a warm night, and we were walking down the seaside in Genoa, my native city in Italy. The view of the sky from the darkness of the docks of the ancient harbor was breathtaking.
My husband is incredibly fond of astronomy, and stargazing is one of his favorite hobbies. That night, out of nowhere, he asked: “Has anybody ever written a fantasy based on the zodiac constellations?”.
No, I was pretty sure that nobody had written something like that, as far as I’m aware. “Why don’t you write it?” he insisted.
Why not? My imagination had already started running at breakneck speed.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I start writing a new project, I always try to separate the creative part from the logic one.
Generally, during the creative process, I read a lot, go to exhibitions, plays, concerts in order to solicit my imagination as much as possible, and I observe people too. You never know where the inspiration could come from.
The logical part is quite another thing. When I make the revision of the text, I put aside any kind of emotion, and I try to see the sentences as simple sequences of words, almost like mathematical formulas. Then I read and reread, and read again. Every time I’d discover new mistakes I didn’t notice the previous time.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
‘Ecliptic’ has a lot of characters (12 characters coming from 12 constellations plus the humans), and it was very difficult to remember all the details. So I wrote the features of each one of them on a distinct piece of paper, and I acted as the papers were real people. It’s easier if you perform the action in front of your eyes, but I’m aware it could sound crazy.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you’re stuck in a particular point, go on writing. After some time (minutes, hours, day… it doesn’t matter), you can go back, and you’ll see that everything is easier.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my book because I think that nowadays there are more possibilities and means to reach the readers. I believe – naively, I know – that writing is not just a matter of money, but a way to talk to people and express your own emotions.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Actually I don’t know, the market is moving very fast. But I hope that the quality of books stay the same.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print