Interview Lina Simoni
Topics of conversation:
- Changing your life and career later in life
- Overcoming language barriers to write a book
- Power struggles for women in traditional cultures
- Feminism vs. Tradition
- Italy and its culture
Lina Simoni was born in Genoa, Italy and moved to the US in 1988. Trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center, she showed her paintings and photographs in galleries in the Midwest, Northeast, Florida, and the South of France. On the literary front, she is the author of two novels, newly-published "The House of Serenades"; and award-winning "The Scent of Rosa's Oil" (published also Germany and Greece.) She is also the author of "Sofia's Rainbow", a children's book that is also a charity for children's literacy programs. She is a member of the National League of American Pen Women. At the moment she is working on her third novel, "The Cabinet Spell." She lives in California with her two cocker spaniels, Biscuit and Simon. Her hobbies are movies, tennis, and jazz.
In 1910 Genoa, an Italian port city of divided classes and ancient power struggles, the Berillis are wealthy, powerful, and respected until the day their darkest secrets begin to surface. Once the police intervene and the gossip grapevine is set in motion, the Berillis' demise is unavoidable. But love lives on, and there's a mandolin player in town who is not giving up on the girl of his dreams. Never underestimate the power of music. The House of Serenades is a brilliant portrait of the Italian upper class at the turn of the twentieth century (and back in time to 1850), its habits, and its ways of life. At the same time, it denounces the abuse and repression of women (sisters, daughters, wives) that was so common in that social milieu in those years.