The Heroine’s Journey of Francesca Fiorentino

What is the best thing that I love about my work?
There are so many aspects I love in my job. First of all, I like making interviews. And writing stories about smart and beautiful women.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? 
Well, a kiss under the moonlight. A house full of friends, good food and lot of music. And some of my favourite movies on TV.
What is my greatest fear? 
Death is probably my greatest fear.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? 
Anxiety! Sometimes I have to look at myself in the mirror and say: “Don’t worry, everything is gonna be alright! Breathe!”
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
As a journalist I admire people who are great observer and storyteller. Susanna Bonfanti is on the greatest reporter in italian television. And I admire her with all my heart.
What is my greatest extravagance?
I’m a football fan. I support my team every second of my life. And I love striped t-shirts.
On what occasion would I lie?
Well…It’s a secret! But I’m not a liar.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
It’s very, very, very hard to be paid. Very hard. Sadly, It’s a common situation in Italy.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? 
Always when I write. Give me a pen, a clean notepad and some great ideas and I’ll be happy for the rest of my life.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
I just like to be taller. Seriously, there’s nothing I’d change.
What is my greatest achievement in work?  
Knowing such beautiful and inspiring people all over Italy.
Where would I most like to live?
I was born in Rome, the eternal city, so I already live in the most beautiful city in the world (no jokes about it). But I love New York City as well. So, maybe someday I’d like to live in a 700 sf apartment in Greenwich Village.
What is my most treasured possession?
My photographs.
 
What is my most marked characteristic?
I’m ironic and patient. Soooo patient. Some friends call me Yoda because of my wisdom. But I don’t believe them.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
One of my favourite location is nearby Pantheon. When I walk through these streets I feel very happy.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
I love birreria Peroni. It’s a great place to eat some typical dishes of roman cuisine. In a very relaxed and funny way.
What books influenced my life and how?
Notes from underground by Fedor Dostoevskij. When I first read it I was fifteen. And after, nothing would have been the same. I was enchanted. And deeply touched.
 
Who are my favorite writers?
Fedor Dostoevskij, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Nora Ephron.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
Probably U2, my beloved U2.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Jane Eyre.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
My brother Giuseppe and my friends Susanna Bonfanti and Alessandra Parisi.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
I have no doubt: Young Frankenstein. It’s a masterpiece.
What role plays art in my life and work?
I could not live my life without colours and the irrational beauty of art.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My brother Giuseppe (yes, always him) and my friend Luciana Morelli, with whom I wrote a recipe book in 2016, called Alzati e Cucina – Ricette per il mal d’amore. (Link —> https://www.amazon.it/Alzati-cucina-Ricette-mal-damore/dp/8867765078/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1514236187&sr=8-1&keywords=alzati+e+cucina)
 
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? 
I’d like to work with Sonia Peronaci. She’s a very famous italian food blogger and a nice woman. I really admire her positive attitude.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018?
I’d like to meet the great Lisa Eldridge, probably the most talented make up artist in the world.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?
It’s no secret anymore: I’d love to create a radio programme. So I’ll be working hard to bring radio on my blog.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
On my blog, smackonline.it. Mostly everyday.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
They mean everything. Passion is a force.
 
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Lucia Gerbino, she’s a talented journalist and blogger.
 
How can you contact me?
On my socials, especially Facebook, or by e-mail: smackinformazione@gmail.com

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