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I was born in a place called Trieste. At the time it was a city-state in its own right, nowadays it's a part of Italy.
I spent the first 18 years of my life bouncing between Trieste and Australia - the latter eventually won.
I discovered the fantasy genre in my thirties and I have never looked back. Sadly I find that quite a lot of the fantasy I come across is quite mediocre, so I have decided to add to it myself - and you, the reader, may judge whether I have succeeded in lifting or in lowering its standard...
When I read a book, I want to be taken on a journey that is at once believable, captivating, completely enthralling and preferably free of clichés. I do not care for formula writing - or formula anything, for that matter.
I want to feel the world depicted on the page and interact with the characters as if they were incarnate before me.
I want to feel, for a time, as if the hero or heroine's flesh is forming itself around my bones, that I am living the tale that is being spun and that I will emerge enriched by the experience.
Perhaps I've set the benchmark too high... but I hope that I will always strive for the heights, even if they are beyond my current reach.
How else am I going to grow?