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#loveandpizzapuntoit ~ soundtrack

2321320152_Graphic__Music__Headphones__HeartHi all,

Ok, I’ve been posting about my debut novel,, for a while, right?
You may have also read how hard, although great fun, to write it and finally get to the end of it.
As I got into the plot and into the characters’ minds, I noticed that something was missing. You know when you listen to a song and you think: “Gee! That’s my song?”
Well, as in a Brazilian soup opera, Carolina and the other characters needed theme songs. After all, how would I set the mood for their romances and mishaps if not by choosing songs that that just had to be theirs?
Seeing that the story is set in Napoli, I needed the input of Italian music/language. There are some romantic songs, some happy songs, there is one of the songs that if were a film, it would be playing in the exact moment when Fabri… ops! sorry, I can’t say and spoil it for you, can I? 🙂
Anyway, this is a challenge for you: The song in the soundtrack below is “La fine”, by Tiziano Ferro.


If you’ve read, write down where you think I’d put this song into the story.
If you haven’t read the book, yet, grab yours below!




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We are off to Pompeii! ~ #loveandpizzapuntoit

Hi there!

As you know, The Writing Shed is is Napoli this week (well, I am in Napoli this week hehe) with my “little” sister Cintia (or Cinzia – read tcheentzia – as the Italians call her).

Cintia was my inspiration to write Carolina and I swear that there was nothing else I was expecting more on this trip to Napoli than showing her all the corners “she’s been to”.

She’s having an amazing time! We’re nearly freezing (especially her!) and walking so much that at the end of the day, all we want is to crash in to bed – oh, better than that: take our shoes off and then crash in to bed.

We’re just outside Pompeii Scavi, where my writer’s role will be simply to observe “Cintia/Carolina” to wander around the thousands of years old streets and see her discover and amaze herself – as I was once amazed myself, and as Carolina did.

(Source: Smithsonian)


I’ll try to get another video from her (though I guess it will take a bit of bullying convincing. I’ll do my best.

Watch this space! 😉

While we delight ourselves and dive into the past, check the links below to read some interesting facts about Pompeii.




-BBC History: Pompeii: Portents of Disaster

– Resurrecting Pompeii

– BBC Earth (video): Vesuvius eruption reconstruction

– BBC  One (documentary): Pompeii: The Mystery of the People Frozen in Time

Pompeii: The Last Day

And now, some of my Pompeii photos….

(Photos from personal archive ~ Napoli 2008/2009)

About the girl ghost ~ #loveandpizzapuntoit

“(…) ‘Well, she left her name, Lucia, and her address. When we went to look for the address, it was a church nearby.’ghost girl bride
‘A church?’ I asked surprised.
‘Yes, the church of Purgatorio ad Arco.’
‘That’s strange. Did she live there?’
‘That’s the most interesting part of the story… The only Lucia that the church people had heard of was a girl who had died in 1789!’
‘Nooo…. Oh my God… That’s spooky.’
‘It is, isn’t it?’ Renata added, ‘That’s why we still keep the doll. Tourists like to hear the story. Have you been to that church yet?’
‘Not yet, but it’s in my itinerary for today. Now I want to go there even more!’
Renata went back to one of the dolls she’d been working on when I arrived, and I walked around the shop again, looking at all the types of defects the dolls had. They also had dolls for sale, so I bought one with long, wavy black hair and a typical Italian costume, said thanks and I left. Thinking of Lucia.(..)”


Now for the most haunted places in Napoli: If you need an Italian-English translator, click here.


Do you want to read about Carolina’s encounter with Lucia, the girl ghost? Read more here…