F.A.Q. about me
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Tuscany, Italy.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love doing simple things like reading, going for a walk and most of all discovering new places. I now work remotely so I live in a place for a few months at a time and this gives me the chance to always have something new to do and new areas to see.
What was your dream job when you were younger?
I always wanted to do something that was related to writing. I dreamt of becoming a writer and also a war reporter.
Children and young people with cancer, parents who have lost their children and refugees.
If you could only have one season, what would it be?
Summer. I could easily spend my whole life on a Caribbean island!
Would you rather have the ability to see 10 minutes into the future or 150 years into the past?
Neither as I think to actually enjoy life you should be able to live in the present moment.
What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country?
Rome. I use to live in the city for months at a time and it is so big and there is so much to see and do that people who were born there don't have the chance to explore it properly. I always say that Rome is the most beautiful city in the whole world to me.
Morning person or night owl?
It depends. If I have to wake up to do something new or excting, or to meet someone I care about, then I am a morning person but I generally love to stay up until late.
Would you rather have more time or more money?
I'd say more time. I think time is the most important thing we have, even if we often forget it.
Have you ever gone to a movie or dinner alone?
Sure. I do many things alone. I love travelling on my own as well. I have been to the cinema, to the theatre, to the restaurant and so on alone. I totally love it and I still don't get why many people find it akward.
Comfort doesn't mean safety, it means prison.
How do you think being a writer has helped you as a person?
It has given me the chance to live experiences I'd probably would never had the chance to live if it wasn't for me being a writer. First thing that comes to my mind is the recent trip to a refugee camp on the turkish-syrian border with an Italian NGO. They brought me with them so I could connect with the people and write about them.
What really makes you angry?
Injustice and indifference.
If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
I don't want to say something that may sound cliché such as "stopping wars". I'd probably would have the power to force everyone to be honest and true to themselves. I think this would empower a lot of people and would also help us see who doesn't have very good intentions without falling into their trap.
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Riding a camel in the Sahara desert. I have quite a lot of daring experiences on my mind, next one should be riding a hot air balloon over Morocco.
What was your favorite subject in school?
I actually had two favorite subjects, Italian and English.
What is one thing you will never do again?
Lose focus of what really matters. During my teenage years, and even in my early twenties, I focused on being popular, wanting for more, etc. losing sight of all the privilages I already had and doing nothing about issues that I now find very important. I lost so much time and energy working toward individualist goals and I am sure I will never do such a thing again.
If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce?
I'd allow single people to adopt as well (in Italy, single people can only adopt under very rare circumstances).
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?
Angelina Jolie. I happened to see her standing a few meters from where I was at an event in Rome but I'd love to talk with her over a coffee. She's very involved in humanitarian causes as well and I think we could work together on some projects to benefit the world.
What was your first job?
I worked for a year with young adults with severe mental illnesses.
How many languages do you speak?
Italian (native), English (very well) and I now plan on learning a bit of Arabic as I will be travelling more in countries where people speak it.
If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be?
I love panthers. I honestly don't know much about how they actually live but I feel they are wild, brave and free so I go for this image of them that I have.
Who knows you the best?