The Heroine’s Journey of Maria Verdiana Rigoglioso

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Being a writer and a translator gives me the chance to feel free and this is amazing. Work with literature is a real blessing.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? I really do not need that much. I feel happy when people I love are ok. Personal happiness is to be with my son, a book, in front of the sea, listening to music and writing a new book.

What is my greatest fear? My greatest fear is not to be a good mother and a decent human being.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I cannot say “no”. Maybe it is weird, but believe me, it is not a good thing, and it is almost never a good thing.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? As a writer: J.K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare, and Federica Bosco. As a translator Michele Piumini. As a human being, I admire all people fighting for their rights and for a better world.

What is my greatest extravagance? Singing. Really, I cannot stop singing wherever I am.

On what occasion would I lie? Maybe to protect someone.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I do not like the social network flames that sometimes ruin the beautiful world of literature.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? In June 2018. I met in Rome the authors I translated in Italian and my book was released in paperback version.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I’d like to be a little bit “slow”; I tend to do everything too fast. In addition, patience, oh, patience is not my virtue and I’d like to change that.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Reading the reviews about the book I wrote, everyday is a real blessing to know that people are moved by my work.

Where would I most like to live? Nottingham. Best place I have ever been. It is like being surrounded by magic.

What is my most treasured possession? The books my grandfather wrote.

What is my most marked characteristic? Uhm, I think the fact that I always smile and laugh, trying to be a very (almost too much) positive person.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Le Mura delle Cattive” in front of the sea, in the heart of Palermo.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? I love to change, but I prefer places where I can eat fresh fruit and drink good wine, listening to live music.

What books influenced my life and how? As a child Little Women, as a growing girl Pride and Prejudice, as an adult Le Pétit Prince and A Room of One’s Own.

Who are my favorite writers? The one I wrote before, then Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf. Ok they are a lot.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? The same I listened when I was a little girl, some Italian classics and the Beatles.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Scarlet O’Hara and Rachel Berry, two fighters of different times.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My little brother Vincenzo and all the people that follow their dreams and fight for freedom.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? The Shawshank redemption

What role-plays art in my life and work? Art is everything, it is everywhere and I could never live without it.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My brothers and sister and my son.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I would like to work with a literary agent (finger crossed).

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018? Elisabetta Bricca and Cassandra Clare.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I am writing a new book, a total different one. I hope to publish it within the end of the year.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? Amazon and libraries.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? If we are happy to do what we do for a living, then we are free and we can work forever, with passion inside keeping us alive.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Elisabetta Bricca and Sarah Iles, both authors and incredible woman I admire so much

How can you contact me?

Verdiana Rigoglioso on Facebook

Verdiana_Rigoglioso on Instagram

@Verdia83 Twitter

@Vemiss on Wattpad

The booktrailer of my book can be found at this link

The link to my book is


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