Brazil – My Native Portuguese
As a journalist back in São Paulo, Brazil, I wrote articles for daily newspapers and magazines such as Elle and Marie Claire. I worked mostly with entertainment, especially music. I worked as a translator for Italian artists such as Laura Pausini and Eros Ramazzotti. I was also a radio host and reporter for a few years in two different radio stations. These jobs left me a large imprint, being the inspiration for Felipe Navarra, the main character of my novel Days of Bossa Nova.
I traveled a lot and lived in three different countries. I’ve been in New York for almost 20 years, but I’m still writing about Brazil. Mario Vargas Llosa, one of my favorite writers, a Nobel laureate in Literature, once said that in order to write about his native Peru he had to leave it. I couldn’t agree more.