Alessandra Alesi is from Sicily, Italy. When she was a child, she spent her afternoons reading comics and books. She enjoyed imaging the wonderful fictional lives of March sisters from Little Women and the mysteries of Burnett’s secret garden from The Secret Garden. She also loved (and still loves) Gianni Rodari and Bianca Pitzorno, two Italian children’s authors. Inspired by their stories, Alessandra started writing short stories and little funny rhyming poems, and her primary school teachers encouraged her writing and imagination.
Alessandra attended Liceo Classico high school, where she studied Latin, Ancient Greek and literature. She learned more about styles, history, and grammar, and obtained a starting point to realize her dream of becoming a writer. After a degree in foreign language (English, Spanish, and Chinese) Alessandra obtained her PhD; by writing a doctoral dissertation about the use of comics book to teach foreign languages and to improve communicative skills. She thinks that, in every kind of learning, a spoonful of fun is necessary.
Now Alessandra is a middle school English teacher in Palermo, her hometown. The sea, the atmosphere, and the rich history of Palermo give Alessandra the right nourishment for her mind. She loves cats, cooking, Walt Disney works, Japanese mangas and everything that gives her ideas and stimulates her imagination. She still writes tales for children, and she has several notebooks full of ideas for more!