Pierluigi Frisco holds a MSc from the University of Milan (Italy) and a PhD from Leiden University (The Netherlands). After a brief career in British academia Pierluigi, together with his wife and two children, moved back to The Netherlands and started to work in industry. His fields of expertise are computer modeling, optimization and data analytics.
When not working or playing with his children, he is probably woodworking.
What is your writing process?
I do not write often but,indeed, my writing process seems to have a predominant characteristic: it is very long. Most of the times I keep stories in my mind for very long, even years, then I start to write down a few parts of the story that crystallized in the time they 'matured'in my mind. Sooner of later all these crystallized parts become the first draft of a story. The finished story is the result of a long process of reading and changing it until I am satisfied with the result.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I am not sure about the very first one, but I clearly recall the writing process of one of the first stories I ever wrote. In my twenties, while reading the last pages of 'Death in Venice' by T. Mann, I got so involved in the story that, once completed the book, I re-wrote the end (with the same tragic ending) but from the point of view of Gustaw, the dying men. That to me was a revealing moment: the words of Mann resonated so well with me that let me feel completely immersed in the story. I felt I could understand Gustav and write down his very last thought.
The stories in this series have been written thinking to Dutch children of at least 5 years and to people who recently moved to The Netherlands from outside Europe.
The aim of this series is to stimulate thinking and discussions on traditions, habits, stereotypes, … present in cultures and their interpretation in cultures different than the one in which they originated.
We strongly recommend reading the fictional interview in the Afterwords of 'Piets with greasepaint': it describes the author's point of view on the Dutch tradition of St. Nicolas’ black helpers, in the following referred as ‘piets’, how the idea of this series originated and what its aim is. Titles in the series are:
Piets with greasepaint
The Syrian piet
Hussein, the Turkish piet, has little troubles with interacting with Dutch: he says too often 'Hello'.
For this reason Joost, the Dutch piet, sets up a school to teach the other piets not to say 'Hello'.
This story, together with the other stories in this series, has been written thinking to Dutch children of at least 5 years and to people who recently moved to The Netherlands from outside Europe.
The present story is the prologue of the other stories in this series. Here we introduce the characters, in the following stories we let their culture meet other cultures.