Bio: I was born in Shanghai, China, of an Italian-Dutch-Indonesian father and a Chinese mother. I lived five years in Italy, 15 years in Brazil. I speak fluent Portuguese and passable Italian. I have some 50 publication credits in national periodicals and literary journals. Six are first-place award winners. My novels are Journey from Shanghai (set in Shanghai and Italy), The Year of the Rat (set in Shanghai), The Snake Woman of Ipanema (spirit ritual/horror, set in Brazil), A Rare Passion, a romance set in Brazil, and Stone of Heaven (the Chinese name for jade). Snake Woman is a frightening look at what goes on at night all over Brazil; RAT is about China's occupation by Communists, the anguish of locals with murder and love; Shanghai is about a family's exile to Italy with little money and how they survive. Stone comes to rest in San Francisco, when that family emigrates to America. They begin to settle, then their lives are caught again in the past. Rare Passion is incomparable love between two handsome people. Brazil is never so appealing as when these two reveal all there is to see. All these novels are available at website booksellers.