Current Release: Amalfi Blue, lost & found in the South of Italy
Describe your current release in two sentences?
When the world of seasoned NYC journalist Lisa Fantino is tragically altered, she sets forth to the land of her Italian DNA with a burning desire to be raptured. Join her in this humorous true story of an expat in Sorrento, while she learns that true happiness lies within. . . while rapture, on the other hand, lies with tall, dark and OMG!
What have you had to give up to pursue your writing career?
Fortunately, writing is my life and I was able to make a great living exercising my passion for many years. I am a career journalist. I worked as a news reporter, writer and anchor at the top radio stations in NYC and the NBC Radio Networks prior to entering law school.
What are you working on?
I am tossing so many balls in the air right now that I have little time to sleep, which I think is just a waste of time anyway. I run a law practice, a concierge travel company and write in my spare time. I completed one novel while in law school, which has not yet been published, so maybe I'll try my hand at fiction again in the near future.
What is your ultimate writing goal?
I don't see life in terms of goals and bucket lists. Some people need such organization but I truly fly by the seat of my tight jeans. When I arrived in Sorrento in the spring of 2012, I began writing as a way to avoid loneliness in a foreign land. I started writing conversations with myself and within four months, "Amalfi Blue" was born. My dream, more than my goal, was always to see one of my books published. Now, that is a reality and I am absolutely delighted.
Do you have a comfort food? What is it?
Where is your favorite place to write?
I can write anywhere. It doesn't take much to inspire me. People watching is the best. I can write at airports, on the subway or on my favorite beach along the Jersey shore, Long Beach Island.
What are your plans for the next year? Any books you are looking forward to?
Running a law practice and a growing company is a lot of work. I would like to see each of those endeavors grow, while simultaneously traveling to promote "Amalfi Blue" It took just 9 months from writing the first words to seeing it in print. In 2013, I dream the film rights are optioned and enters production quickly. This story belongs on the big screen.
How was your road to publication?
Bumpy and hectic. There was nothing traditional about going from typing on an iPad in Italy to seeing the book in print in 9 months.
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
There are two time periods which have fascinated me longer than I can remember - Victorian England and ancient Etruria. They offer such a dichotomy between the repressive and expressive lives of women. Victorian women were submissive, although there were Bohemian rebels. Yet, Etruscan women enjoyed equal status with men.
If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?
Oh, that is easy. Narnia. Just give me a walk-in closet like that!
For me, writing is therapy. The trick is to make your artistry human without revealing too much of yourself. I hope that "Amalfi Blue" empowers women and enlightens men.