The Old Olive Tree is the first thing I see when I wake up and look out of my bedroom window in my Abruzzo, Italy mountaintop village. The locals tell me that the tree is over a hundred years old. I imagine she has seen many wonders and keeps many secrets of the people and creatures that have come her way. She stands across from the magnificent sight of the Calanchi cliffside, a unique feature of this region. Above the Calanchi and all around me, farmers make a hard-won living on the steep slopes of their land, plowing their fields for crops, minding their olive orchards and vineyards and cultivating their walnut and almond groves. Not far from me, a new venture began in 2015 with the planting of thousands of oak trees primed to produce truffles. It is this setting that inspires me to write my novels.

Research and Writing

My books are based on my intensive research over twenty years and stories my family and friends told me. They are written within the context of actual places and historical events. They investigate my premise: War is not over when the fighting ends. It continues in the hearts and minds of the people who are touched by it and the aftereffects are passed on to the next generation and generations to come.

13 thoughts on “HOME

  1. Well done. I greatly look forward to reading your book which promises to be a sensitive observation of the dynamics which surround you!


  2. I hope to read your book as soon as possible. It seems there is a bit of magic coming from those lands.


  3. Congratulations on finishing your book! I hope you get published soon. I can’t wait to read it 🙂


  4. I can’t wait to read your books – they sound intriguing. Your life amongst the olive trees sounds fabulous – it must be inspiring to write surrounded by history.


  5. Congratulations on being recognised as a featured website for your story about HMS Mauritius


  6. Well done on finishing your first book and good luck with finding a publisher. I love your ideas and look forward to seeing them evolve and come to life in future books.


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