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As soon as I started talking to Gail about her story, the passion she had for writing, Italy and adventure was obvious.
If you are the kind of person who wants to view Italy in a more authentic way (and wants to avoid being the “ugly tourist”) and be able to share your story of what you’ve experienced, I have a feeling you’ll love this episode with Gail Mencini, author of the fictional novel To Tuscany with Love.
— What inspired Gail to start writing her very first fiction novel about Italy
— How she viewed Italy before she started writing and how she views it now
— What she loves most about Italy that keeps her coming back for more
— Three things she has to do whenever she goes to Italy
— Which two methods never worked for her with learning Italian (One is all too common!)
— What she’s planning next for her writing career (&yes, Italy is involved)
— Four pieces of advice she has for you if you’re interested in becoming a writer
My favorite articles from Gail Mencini
Get to know Gail
— Site: http://gailmencini.com
— Twitter: @gailmencini
— Facebook: Gail Mencini
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