Flavia Idà

Biography

Flavia was born and raised in Arena, a medieval hill town in Calabria, the ancient “instep” of the Italian Peninsula, and studied Classics and European Literature at the University of Naples. She wrote her first short story when she was 12, and ever since then, writing has been the most important thing she does.

When she was 28, she came to live in San Francisco, where she learned English by watching children’s television programs with her son Adam, then four years old. She loves English as much as she loves Italian, for different reasons but in the same measure. She writes in English and in Italian, she thinks in English and in Italian, and she dreams in English and in Italian.

In 1984, she graduated Summa Cum Laude in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where she also got her Master’s Degree. The six years at SFSU were without a doubt the happiest of her life; she remembers those long hours spent in the library with books as a wonderful time spent with dear friends.

From a student of Creative Writing at SFSU she went on to become a teacher of Creative Writing, a most rewarding job where she met many young people with a true gift for writing. She was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award sponsored by the Poetry Society of America. She has taught Italian at the Italian Institute of Language and Culture in San Francisco and in several other schools throughout the Bay Area.

She has also worked for many years as a translator and consultant for the Italian Consulate General, specializing in Citizenship applications; another rewarding job where over her fourteen years she has helped hundreds of people of Italian descent reach their goal of reconnecting with the land of their ancestors. She lives in Pacifica, California, right at the edge of the ocean where the continent ends.

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Mercy
Price: Free! Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2017 by Paper Angel Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Medical
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How far would you go to heal someone’s pain? After years of watching innocent people suffer, a psychiatric nurse makes it her mission to help the most hopeless of her patients — in a way no one will ever suspect.
Children of the Wrong Time
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 24,390. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2017 by Paper Angel Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The citizens of Generation Forth must earn the right to reproduce, through a grueling training designed to eradicate the human misery caused by random chance. Michael Holmes and Nora Savins are ready to tackle their training; what they don’t know is that some things in the world will always be left to random chance.
The Names of Heaven
Price: $5.99 $3.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 174,180. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2017 by Paper Angel Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
One man. An extraordinary choice. In 1511 a Spanish ship en route from the island of Hispaniola sank off the coast of Yucatan near the town of Tulum. The survivors were captured by the Maya; these were the first white men ever to set foot on the mainland of the American continent, and the first white men the Maya had ever seen.
Il ferro e il telaio
Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 106,070. Language: Italian. Published: October 3, 2016 by Paper Angel Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Quante volte, si chiese, aveva tessuto assieme stoffa che la sua spada aveva poi spaccato a meta` assieme alla carne che essa ricopriva? Siamo a Tropea nell’anno 1136, durante la dominazione normanna di Re Ruggero II d’Altavilla.
The Iron and The Loom
Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 117,090. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016 by Paper Angel Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » General
The year is 1136, the place Tropèa, a walled sea town in Southern Italy during the Norman domination. Kallyna d’Àrgira, a master of the arts of the loom, is pledged in marriage by her father to Raimo Trani, a man she hates. After a sudden tragedy leaves her at Raimo’s mercy, into her life comes Dàlibor d’Hancourt, a man who, like her, is burdened by a life he did not choose.

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