Victor Bellini

Biography

Vittorio Bellini - a retired business executive - received his early education in Italy and later in England and Canada. In his early twenties he wrote two novels and published one. He stopped writing when he joined a multinational corporation and was fast-tracked to senior management postings in several countries. In his retirement he resumed his early love for writing and drew from his international knowledge to create engrossing stories in global settings. The author lives with his wife in Hudson, Quebec, Canada.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Libya during the war. That country was an Italian colony at the time, and was therefore part of the Hitler-Mussolini military axis. I was barely two months old when the war hit Libya, at which point all Italian women and children were shipped back to Italy. We were supposed to be 'safe' in Italy but that was not the case. In the ensuing couple of years I lost a sister to bombardment and my family lost all its possessions, while my father was still in Libya.
When did you first start writing?
As a young boy I liked poetry, especially the poetry of Dante Alighieri (The Divine Comedy) and Torquato Tasso (La Gerusalemme Liberata). Boccaccio (Decameron) and the more modern D'Annunzio and Pascoli were also among my favourites. As I grew up I started writing poems for my own amusement but never saved any of them. At the time it never occurred to me that I could be a writer. Instead, I chose to study engineering in England (it was easier than doing so in Italy) which also served me well to improve my school English. In those years I supplemented my student needs by writing articles for Italian newspapers and enjoyed reading many English classics, including Shakespeare, Jane Austen, the Brontes and many more. My knowledge of French also served to read Voltaire, Flaubert, Stendhal et al. It was at that point that I discovered my passion for writing, but I was also an engineer and needed to get going on a technical career. That's when I immigrated to Canada and was hired by a telecom company, then known as Northern Electric and later as Nortel. During the first couple of years of my employment I wrote for fun and produced a novel in Italian which was never published. I then wrote a similar novel in English and had it published by Carlton Press, NY in 1970.
In the meantime my career at Nortel took off and I had no time to write anything other than business reports. As the company became a major multinational in the early eighties, it took me around the world in senior management positions, with several years in Europe, Africa and then in Latin America. I started to write again in my retirement and have so far completed four novels, with more in the pipeline. The stories are all developed around my business experience around the world.
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Books

The Chinese Manuscript
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Series: Adventures in multinational business, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,030. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A Canadian businessman agrees to help a Chinese dissident publish a manuscript highly critical of the post-Mao regime, despite dangerous threats by secret service agents. In the process he falls in love with with two women and with the country.
One-night Stands
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,420. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
This is a series of sexy short stories set in different cities. Any business person, whether man or woman, can identify with at least one of the trysts described in this book. It can happen to anybody with a sexy personality and a sense of adventure.
La Mano del Destino
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,420. Language: Italian. Published: April 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
Un manager italo-canadese parte alla ricerca delle sue radici in Italia e si ritrova in un'avventura piena di emozioni. Un segreto di famiglia e la passione per due donne diverse lo forzano poi a prendere decisioni come fossero dettate dal destino.
The Mexican Fling
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Series: Adventures in multinational business, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,250. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A love story between a businessman and a young lady leads to dangerous situations in a business world controlled by drug lords.
The Russian Oligarch
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Series: Adventures in multinational business, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,270. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
During the immediate post-Soviet years the privatization of state assets gave birth to a number of billionaires, later known as Oligarchs. Using their wealth, some of them developed political ambitions and stopped at nothing to gain power. A satellite telecom project became an acquisition target, needed to seize control of all national communications for an imminent coup d’état.
The Casablanca Connection
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Series: Adventures in multinational business, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,980. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A high-level court case on business corruption is linked to a political conflict in West Sahara. Two brave women with diverse cultural assets play havoc with a senior executive of a multinational corporation. Their intimacy evolves into a threesome of passion and deceit, with clandestine activities fraught with danger. The contrasting aspects of the story underscore a major cultural divide.
The Libyan Affair
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Series: Adventures in multinational business, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,970. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Gaddafi's Libya is awash with oil money and open for business deals that are often used as a cover for financing revolutionary activities in and out of the country. In this novel, a businessman is caught in a dangerous game fraught with danger and deceit targeting the leadership of the Libyan dictator. In the midst is a doomed love affair with a woman-spy bent on seeking her own justice.
A Secret
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,020. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Adam Bartolo, a retired executive, decides to research his Italian roots. Along the way he finds more than he bargained for as he gets romantically involved with two forbidden women, and is unwittingly involved in a nefarious family secret. The story takes place in one of the most enchanting places of central Italy and lives through the tragic events of September 11.

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