Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in two towns in Italy: Verona (with my two wild small dogs, named "Watson" and "Muttley") and in the wonderful small town of Acqui Terme, where I was born. I love to visit my parents to help with their vineyard and wine production. I enjoy writing almost anywhere; however, my absolute favorite place to write is in the garden near my childhood home on the hills. In that house, we've managed to collect, thus far, over 10,000 volumes of some of the greatest books ever written. My parents have converted our home into a bed and breakfast, and these days I often visit, joining the guests to share insight and thoughts about writing.
What jobs have you held? Do you presently do work other than writing and illustrating?
It's funny. I have a degree in law, so I am supposed to be a lawyer, but I don't really like legal work, or courts for that matter. However I have been working for a while as legal adviser for royalties and museums, specifically with Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Advanced Normal School of Pisa) ...