ESTERFOTOPT

I was born in Italy’s lakes region in 1985, which sounds cool until you realize it means fog and cold or mosquitos and sweat.
I’m the daughter of a family of doctors, scientists and nerds. And it shows.

I spent my teen years focusing on classical studies, but I was so bad at translating ancient Greek that I turned to science when time for choosing college came. Still, it’s in high school that my passion for books, stories and mythology was born, and it never stopped growing.

At university, I studied Evolutionary Biology. For my Bachelor’s degree, I lived in Mexico for six months, studying elephant seals on a deserted island and trying to avoid sharks and orcas. For my Master degree, I turned to something not as adventurous (or dangerous), and I followed my interest for insects and entomology. 

I switched to biochemistry for my PhD, working on renewable sources in a desperate attempt at saving the planet. I tried, but it didn’t work.

Since the academic world in Italy is a living hell and I had bills to pay, I left my career as a researcher to land a long stream of jobs that paired my scientific background with my writing skills. For several years I worked as a copywriter and social media manager for web agencies and scientific societies. This helped me keep a roof over my head and improve my communication and social skills.

In the meantime, I never stopped writing. My first novel, “L’abbraccio delle ombre”, was published in 2008, and in 2014 I was shortlisted for IoScrittore, Italy’s most prominent writing contest. In 2016 my second book, “La rondine di Guadeloupe”, was picked by Italian publisher Triskell, who will publish another one of my works in 2020. In 2019, under my nickname Valpur, I was part of the team behind “Dorks”, a collection of LGBTQ+-centered illustrated short stories. I’m a prolific fanwriter, and my Ao3 profile is rather thick with content. 

My passion for writing landed me my latest—and up to now most important—job. I work as lead scriptwriter for Bad Seed, an indie Italian game studio.