The Heroine’s Journey of Anna Lamonaca

What is the best thing that I love about my work? As a journalist, what I love best is everything concerning communication. As a painter I love creativity and imagination.

I like living in contact with people, telling stories, interviewing people and communicating with them using every possible means.

I deal with culture at 360° so I love talking and conveying emotions and to do that I often use the vehicle of poetry or of the tale in my books otherwise I use colours to paint and through painting I express what I cannot say through words.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Happiness is something simple. You can find it in small things, so small that you don’t even see them: going out and looking at the sea, a sunset or the stars, a child’s smile. As far as I’m concerned, happiness is wonder, it’s living and finding poetry into life. I realized it after a very hard period, after a dive from a rock I lost the use of my legs, everything was so complicated, well, that year of my life taught me that happiness is a simple thing. Now, after a surgery, I can walk again and every small thing is happiness.

What is my greatest fear? My greatest fear is to wake up one day and realize I cannot remember anything, neither who I am, nor who I love.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Mutability/inconstancy, being a person of pure instinct.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire all those journalists who don’t stop at anything to tell the truth, those who don’t invent fake news and don’t speculate about misfortunes.

What is my greatest extravagance? Retiring in my lab to listen to music and dance.

On what occasion would I lie? I would never lie, I hate any kind of lie or mask. Maybe I could try to lie with the best intentions.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Maybe the basically male-dominated environment, all the greatest newspaper editors are men, for a woman it is very hard to show how much she is worth, she must apply the double.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? On several occasions, maybe at the presentation of my first book entitled “Border’s spaces and at my first vernissage both held on my island, Ischia, because we know that nobody is a prophet in his homeland (Nemo propheta in patria). Those were the best days of my life.

If I could, what would I change about myself?My shyness that nevertheless I can fight. Nobody notices it.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Recently I have been chosen as a juror to a prestigious international literature award “Award Cultural Festival International”, “Between words and infinite”. It was a very hard job but it was a great honor to receive the honorable commendation from the organizers.

Where would I most like to live? In Paris, I love the city, the emotions it conveys and above all Montmartre, I love art, street artists, walking along the Seine, along its avenues. You can breathe some kind of romantic.

What is my most treasured possession? My daughter Sandra.

What is my most marked characteristic? I’ve got a very sunny nature, I love smiling and seeing the positive side of everything.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I live on the beautiful island of Ischia located in the Gulf of Naples and I truly love Ischia Ponte, its tiny houses, the road that leads to the village that gets to the bridge leading to the Aragonese Castle overlooking the sea. It’s my beloved place where I spend hours looking at seagulls.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? There are many but the place I prefer best is the village of Sant’Angelo with its rocking boats. There are very fine restaurants and coffee bars where you can relax and enjoy the landscape, good food and good music.

What books influenced my life and how? The Metamorphosis of Kafka, all the stories of Buzzati, On the road by Jack Kerouac, the poems of Neruda and those of Bukowski and Leopardi. Reading the pages of each of them left me something, showed me that there’s another side of life, more complex though not less beautiful. Each book was a true adventure, emotions and life that I experienced with my mind, eyes and imagination.

Who are my favorite writers? Kafka, Dostoevskij,Bukowski, Buzzati, Pasolini, Mazzantini, Neruda, Ammaniti, Morante, Erri de Luca, Leopardi, Marquez, Nabokov, Elsa Morante.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? “Vita” of Gianni Morandi e Lucio Dalla, the soundtrack of my life.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Pollyanna for her positivity and Jane Eyre.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My grandparents, their love, what they could convey to me, their strong temper and their plainness.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Dead Poets Society of Peter Weir, The Pursuit of Happiness of Gabriele Muccino and Mi vida sin mί of  Isabel Coixet.

What role plays art in my life and work? A very important role. It’s the completion of my whole existence, my way of communicating with the world and with my soul, the filter through which my emotions pass.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Claudio, my husband. He supports me in everything, he complies me and gets involved in every madness and also my mother who is always with me.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019? I’d like to write for the Corriere della Sera, a newspaper that I love very much, and, moreover, I’d like to publish with a great publisher such as Mondadori.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019? I’d like to meet the writer Erri De Luca and Elena Ferrante.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? I’d like to make a new vernissage and also publish a new book. It’s all a work in progress, I won’t reveal anything, I’m working on it.

Where can you see me or my work?

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? They have a great meaning, never stop believing and fighting for our passions. Life without them would make no sense.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Margaret Mazzantini.

How can you contact me?

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