Sunday, January 29, 2012

Welcome to my little corner of Italy!

After blogging for more than three years and discovering a wonderful community of diverse bloggers through Library of Clean Reads and NouveauWriter, I rethought the notion of maintaining a static author website ( with high hosting costs. Yes, it served to highlight my book and author events but wouldn't it be more gratifying to share and interact with my readers on a more personal level as an author?

I hope you join me as I explore my Italian roots on this blog. My novel Daughter of Mine was inspired by stories of my mother-in-law's native Naples and my visits to my ancestral home in Rome. It is set in Montreal where I currently live, in Rome and in Gaeta, Naples. I wrote the novel at a time when my kids were younger and I escaped (while they napped!) into my Italian world set on my emerging manuscript. I was transported to Italy without a hefty plane ticket.

Of course, Italy is not a hop and a skip away from North American, *sigh*, but I hope this blog can give you a little taste of Italy right from the comfort of your home.

Laura Fabiani

Rome, panoramic view (my mother's beloved city)

Pescara, Abruzzo (my father's beautiful mountains)

Gaeta, Naples (my maternal grandmother's birthplace)

These photos were taken during my trip to Italy in May 2006.


  1. Dear Laura,
    Your blog does give a taste of Italy indeed, and it's always a pleasure to come visit.
    I've had my blog for only four months, so I'm still quite new to blogging; but I can say that posting my thoughts and interacting with my readers has been one of the best things that happened to me in the last few months.
    Some people can't live without Facebook.
    I now can't live without thinking what to post next; I can't live without writing and editing, looking forward to publishing on each Wednesday of the week.
    It's great you decided to create more interaction. You'll see, if you're patient, it pays back!
    And it's a pleasure to find out you also live in Montreal. So we can discuss The Name of the Rose in person, or maybe have a coffee and talk about anything else!

    1. Hey Jay,
      Looks like you caught the blogging bug! For writers, blogging is such a good way to get the urge to put words down out of our system. By the way, I thought you lived in NY?

  2. I enjoy personal blogs from authors!!

    Like you, after blogging for 3 years, i decided to make a newly, better focused blog. For $10 a year, it's easy to remember the domain, too!

    ~Annette from Live, Learn, Love

  3. Hi Annette,
    Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm off to visit yours now.

  4. Hi Laura,
    I actually live in Montreal, although I spend a few months a year in New York.
    And yes, I caught the blogging bug!

    1. A fellow Montrealer! Perhaps we'll meet one day through our blogging connections.

  5. My mother's family is Italian (via Naples). I had an opportunity to visit it once, but hope to return someday. In the meantime, I can visit Italy via your blog.

    1. Naples is beautiful, especially the Amalfi coast. Through this blog I'm discovering several blogger friends who have Italian roots, like you! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Hi Laura, I am here and following as promised, also to wish you all the best with your new project. By the way I do not subscribe to comments, my inbox just could not cope any more!
    I look forward to you visiting News From Italy during 2012, thanks for your continued support.

    1. Hi Linda,
      Thanks for visiting my new blog!

  7. Ciao Laura!
    I absolutely love these photos. I joined your blog; you know I'm one of your fans ;)
    Keep up the good work and congratulations on your new project!
    A presto!
    P.S. Thanks for the shout-out in your blogroll.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Claudia! It's been a while since we've seen each other. I will never forget your support of my book Daughter of Mine.