Lucille Bellucci


I was born in Shanghai, China, exiled by the commies in 1952, went to Italy with my family. After five years we emigrated to the U.S. Ten years after that, I moved to Brazil with my husband, Renato. Back in California in 1980, I began writing. I have five novels: The Year of the Rat, Journey from Shanghai, Stone of Heaven, The Snake Woman of Ipanema, A Rare Passion; and two story/essay collections, Pastiche: Stories and Such and Farrago: More Stories. Eight short stories and essays earned first-place awards. One story, "Cicadas," was nominated for the 2013 Pushcart Prize.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My cat! Cat guardians will understand this perfectly. She is relentless, and her final weapon is her 18 pounds on my chest.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was "Golden Eagle," about a boy coming upon said eagle whose leg was caught in a net. They stare at each other, the boy forgetting his anger at being rebuked at home, the eagle wary of this new danger. The story was published in California's Northcoast Review. When I returned to Rio de Janeiro for a visit and dropped in at the American School of Rio de Janeiro to say hello to Gil Brown, the headmaster, I found he had a copy of the review on his coffee table. I was so touched. Of course, I had told only 30 people about being published!
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Where to buy in print


A Rare Passion
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,850. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Linden Bradley is back in her beloved Brazil to help thousands of animals displayed by a dam going onstream. She grew up here while her father explored for oil. Now she faces the adventure of her life on the Iguassu River, the second longest river in South America. And she meets Cole Dominguez, a rancher.
Meow's Way Redux
Price: Free! Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2013 . Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock » Cats, Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock » Cats
Further chronicles of Pinky, Tango, Loaner, and sundry visitors.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,200. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
As in her collection, Pastiche: Stories and Such, Lucille Bellucci continues her oblique observations of the world. There is hard truth in some of them, and a fond embrace of feline innocence in her homage to Pinky and the Gang. In between, she delivers a riot of experiences. She favors a mix, and that is what stands between these covers. Bellucci is the compleat award winner.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,710. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
In her stories, Lucille Bellucci covers the world, where she has lived, with her peculiar off-center view. Her humor is a just treatment of comedy, and no one can deliver a grim look at history as she has lived it. Eight of Bellucci's stories and essays have won first-place awards. You can see her thoughts, action, and inner tremors. They are unrehearsed Life.
Meow's Way
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,440. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012 . Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Animals
A tortoiseshell kitten pursues me until we catch each other. This is also the story of Pinky's siblings and sundry other critters. Doubt no more -- cats have hearts and souls. Winner of the Animals Animals Animals Book Awards.
Stone of Heaven
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,850. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Ethics & morals
Mai-yeen and Rafaella Bardini emigrate from Rome, Italy, and plunge into life in America. It is a new life, new environment, with surprises.
Journey from Shanghai
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,080. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Asian
Rafaella Bardini, her Chinese mother and Italian father, are exiled from Communist China. With almost no money, the family tries to resettle in Italy.
The Year of the Rat
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,880. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Too soon after the second Big War and occupation by the Japanese army, Shanghai in 1948 faces occupation by Mao Tse-tung's army. The affluent foreigners believe this is just another civil war and will stay, but the Russian refugees who escaped the 1917 Bolshevik revolution know they will be killed.
The Snake Woman Of Ipanema
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,810. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
An American couple in Rio de Janeiro are ensnared in Brazilian spirit rituals, at peril of their lives.