The Heroine’s Journey of Federica Bosco

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Being a professional writer I have the possibility to organize my work in total freedom as long as I meet my deadlines.

I have no direct bosses, or co workers, except my editor, so I spend a lot of time in my home writing, reading and thinking. Which is a good and a bad thing since you tend to get a bit isolated and lonely which, in the end, is the typical image of the writer! I really consider this gift as a real privilege, and I honor it working as much as I can.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?  I don’t need much to be happy, as long as I know that those around me are fine. Staring at a sunset, feeling inspired, being in love, and some money in my pocket are all that I need to be happy.

What is my greatest fear? I fear death. Not mine, but the idea of loosing people I love scares me deeply. And most of all the idea of them suffering. I hate to be powerless toward my friends and family in pain, it is something that no one should ever face in life. Sometimes I would like to “freeze” the moment as it is, knowing that everyone is fine.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Being too sensitive. I know it sounds weird, but being a highly sensitive person in such a rude world, sometimes is really hard.

I have a lot of issues dealing with everyday’s life because It is like having a “thin skin”: you feel everything too deeply, you pick up subtle things and sensations all the time, that those around you don’t even notice. it is like having a “sixth sense” extremely sharp and a brain that never switches off.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire strong women with strong personalities that fight for their rights and inspire us to express ourselves like Toni Morrison, Malala Yousafzai, Zadie Smith, Liz Gilbert, J.K Rowling

What is my greatest extravagance? I love music and dancing, and every time I hear a song I like, I cannot help but singing (and sometime dancing) wherever I am, car, bike, shop, treadmill

On what occasion would I lie? Not to hurt someone I love.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The world has changed greatly in these 20 years, everything was slower before, and writing was something very deep and respected: it took time for authors to write and time for readers to read and appreciate. Now the market with its cruel laws, crushes the talent and flatten the quality by printing a huge quantity of very poor books. Once, you had to send your script to editors and wait 4 months to receive an answer, now editors search Facebook to find people with many followers to propose them a deal.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I finished to write my Trilogy “Innamorata di un angelo”(In love with an angel) I felt a real void, like an empty nest, but I also felt I had reached the highest emotional level I could possibly reach. It was a story that put together all my passions: dance, London and Angels and talked about a teenager dancer who loses the love of her life in tragic circumstances and the strength and resilience to go on and honor life and talent. I put my soul into that book. And readers loved it as much as I did. That Trilogy sold 350.000 copies.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I’ve been trying to lose 5 kilos for almost 30 years, I think I’ll give up! This because patience has never been my first quality.I’d love to be more patient and calm.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Being the first Italian writer to start a new trend 15 years ago, both ironic and funny, but deep and intense. I’ ve always hated the label “chick lit”, as if we the women were only able to write “pink stuff”.But this is another story….

Where would I most like to live?  London with no doubt. Brixton is the place in the world where I go whenever I need to feel free and I need a “blast of energy”.

What is my most treasured possession? My childhood memories

What is my most marked characteristic? I am ironic, sometime a bit cynical, I’d die for a good nasty joke!


What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I love parks and nature, in Milan I love Parco Sempione, in Florence (my hometown) S. Niccolò district. it’s amazing.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Anywhere cozy, quiet with good jazzy music and free wifi. In Milan I love “Crazy Cat Cafè”a bar where you can eat and drink surrounded by lazy cats.

What books influenced my life and how? Many books influenced me and my life during the years : Salinger’s “A catcher in the rye” when I was younger, my beloved Italo Calvino, immense Toni Morrison are just a few of those who made me understand the meaning of the power of words, and how important it is to be honest and sincere toward the readers.

Who are my favorite writers? In addition to those named before, I am fond of David Leavitt, Miriam Towes, and David Sedaris.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I love the 80’s, so I would certainly spend my last day dancing and singing A-ha, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Spandau Ballet…

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the wind and Olivia Benson in Law and Order SVU


Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Nora Ephron has been one of the person I admired the most so strong and yet simple in cruel Hollywood. But my everyday heroes are those who fight for the rights of people, who rescue them and are there for them, even if you don’t see them on tv.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Love Actually…because all we need is love!
What role plays art in my life and work? Art is all around, even if it is hard to catch the glimpse sometimes. It’s enough to walk down Piazza della Signoria to get a Stockholm Syndrom, but art is in nature most of all, it is the best work of art ever.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My brother Daniel and my best friend Carlotta. They really support me even when I only want to hide under the bed!!

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I’d love to write a movie with director Paolo Genovese or a TV Series about women, but not politically correct!

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? I’d love to have a chat with Liz Gilbert, she is amazing.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? A new book, a new movie to write hopefully from my last “Ci vediamo un giorno di questi”

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? You can “see” me in every library or Amazon



What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? As Italian actress Monica Vitti used to say: “They say that the world belongs to those who wake up early. It’s not true, the world belongs to those who are happy to wake up”. As long as I’ll be happy to wake up and do what I love I’ll never retire
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Definitely my amazing friend Stefania Spampinato, from Sicily to Grey’s Anatomy, and wonderful Teresa Martini who opened a successful Publishing House in Millan almost by herself Both are contacts of me on Facebook

How can you contact me?

Facebook: Federica Bosco
Twitter: @federicabosco
Instagram: therealfedericabosco

Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey 

Spring Journey

eatpraylovebigstill (2)Wednesday 14th March – Sunday 18th March

The best of The Heroine’s Journey condensed into a single, unforgettable week.

The Heroine’s Journey is a global organisation dedicated to teaching skills not covered by the regular education system – skills that develop storytelling intelligence and encourage psychological well-being for creative professionals.  The Spring Journey brings together the very best in our storytelling.

We will cover such themes as how to make money doing what you love, how to promote your business, which is you, how to choose our partners more wisely, how to make relationships last, how to find and create your dreamjob by meeting your rolemodels and making testdrives, how to manage your time and organize yourself creativitely, how to focus on our creative goals, how to have the financial freedom to create and how to more regularly experience creative flow and happiness.

You’ll embark on a rich and enlightening voyage, discovering how to make lasting, meaningful change across every aspect of your creative life. By working within a fixed group led by Peter de Kuster over the week, you’ll dive deeper than would be possible in any single daytrip. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences.

The Journey is ideal for those seeking a more meaningful, transformative vacation; for attendees of our daytrips who now wish to take a structured journey through our expertly curated material; and for those wishing to save time in the long run by working through the dilemmas of creative life, business, passion, and your own story in a single, high intensity week.

Blending tuition, exercises, meeting with stories of rolemodels, and discussion in journeys in a world city, each day of the Spring Journey will equip you with tools and strategies to help you find answers for your creative life’s big questions.

Join us for a truly transformational vacation for the mind in Rome

Ticket costs Euro 1250 excluding VAT per person, includes all teaching, materials, light refreshments & additional activities.

You can reach Peter for a skype meeting about questions you have by mailing him at peterdekuster@hotmail.nl 

DAILY TIMETABLE

09.40    Tea & Coffee on arrival

10.00     Morning Session

13.00     Lunch Break

14.00     Afternoon Session

17.00     Drinks

Read on for a detailed breakdown of the Spring Journey itinerary.

“You are the Storyteller of Your Own Creative Life. You can Create Your Own Legend – Or Not” – Peter de Kuster

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Spring Journey Itinerary

Day One: The first day of the Spring Journey is designed to equip us with the core skills of The Heroine’s Journey and Storytelling. We will learn the power of the story we tell ourselves, why our minds have a hard time understanding themselves, how to map and understand our passions, and how and why we characteristically respond to them.

Day Two: The second day of the Spring Journey takes us on a structured journey around the power of your story as creative professional.  Creative flow is always in essence a mental phenomenon, it is a result of ideas- and a story you tell yourself therefore relies on having to hand a raft of enriching stories about your business, your money management, your self promotion and your time management that can be called upon in moments of truth. The day begins with a Heroine’s Journey Breakfast – considering what three of the greatest creative heroines of all time have as story about the art of creative living wisely and well.

Day Three: The third day of the Spring Journey teaches us how to choose our clients and business partners wisely and make our relationships last. One of the gravest errors we make around business relationships is to imagine that they aren’t things we can get wiser or better at. On this day we will learn to practise and rehearse our skills at working with the people who can help you further your creative business (clients and business partners like agents, publishers, marketing professionals etcera). In the evening, we will attend a Storytelling Dinner in a local restaurant – learning to overturn small talk and master the art of opening up our deepest stories.

Day Four: The fourth day of the Spring Journey teaches us how to achieve our creative career potential. We will employ storytelling tools to be better able to understand our creative talents and to move forward using the opportunities that are open to us.

Day Five: The final day of the Spring Journey explores new business opportunities and markets for you to as creative professional. Many of the challenges we encounter in modern life require us to develop creative solutions to complex problems. And even when we’re not tackling big problems, continuously improving the way we live using invention and imaginative strategy is deeply important.

You can reach Peter for a skype meeting about questions you have by mailing him at peterdekuster@hotmail.nl 

 

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