Waking Isabella is on a virtual book tour this month AND she is
resonating with readers!
Over the past couple of weeks, as the book is being discovered and read, I’ve been receiving some delightful emails. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate reading feedback. I writer puts their heart and soul into their work and so it is very so rewarding to learn that the story resonates with readers and that they are enjoying the story.
People have also been asking me some very interesting questions about my characters and plotlines as well as my journey to become a published author. For instance, recently Marilyn wanted to know:
Can you share a bit about your journey to becoming a writer/published author?
Was it a dream from childhood or something you embraced at a later age?
Great question Marilyn! Here is my response:
My decision to learn the Italian language ultimately led to my writing career so that I could incorporate my love for Italy and my passion for art history first through my blog and now in a fictional form to engage more readers.
I have always considered myself an artist and writer. When I was little, I used to write fanciful stories, and I kept lots of personal diaries. From the age of 10 or so, I also kept loads of sketchbooks in which I drew everything I saw. In college, I began gravitating more and more toward a career in the arts and I studied both painting and Art history in Florence. I went to Italy primarily because of my passion for the arts but wasn’t all that interested in learning the language. Upon completion of Grad School with a Masters in Art History I thought about teaching but decided instead to become a graphic designer and for years have run my own firm.
Over time, however, I began to miss Italy very much and regretted not having learned the language well. So, I started focusing on becoming fluent. A few years after that decision, I decided to combine my graphics skills, my Italian language skills and my writing skills and began the Studentessa Matta blog where I write in Italian and English to promote the study of language and culture. The blog is mostly composed of non-fiction articles, and I write about everything from language learning tips to Italian music to interesting Italian festivals and holidays.
After starting my blog seven years ago, it took another couple of years, but then I got the crazy idea to go a step further and write a novel. Since publishing my first novel “Dreaming Sophia” I’ve been hooked on writing novels. I love creating worlds and inventing people to populate them. I find it to be a very creative process, not only through writing but also in the design of the books together as well. I illustrate the covers and layout of my book interiors.
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