Marisa is a Gold Coast author who published GOODBYE To Italia in 2016. With this title, Marisa has been recognised as a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree and shortlisted for the International Rubery Book of the Year.
Marisa and husband Gerald have two grown-up daughters who were born in Zimbabwe, Africa – where she was also born. They left Africa in 2000 and went to live in New Zealand for six years before moving to Australia which is now their home. Marisa’s mamma, Maria (Iucci) Martore and papa, Eugenio Piergiovanni, have led such an amazing life that she had to write their story.
The first book, GOODBYE To Italia – a timid Italian girl; a young soldier; a love story – is about their diverse experiences in Italy and Africa in WWII. Marisa is now writing their second book after they married and went to live in Africa. The story will be related personally from her mother’s perspective, as she recalls it. A captivating and insightful presentation into writing about family, set in such a difficult time, and bringing this story to the world.
Come and hear Marisa’s story for yourself at the Gold Coast Writers’ Association October 21st at the meeting room above the Burleigh Heads library. Doors open at 12:15 pm and light refreshments are available.