Ilene & Gary Modica, ouritalianjourney.com
Our Italian Journey now the book! A memoir of living a year in Italy. ouritalianjourney.com

Here are some FAQ, frequently asked questions we seem to get asked more than any others. Of course, if you have a question and we haven’t addressed it here, please feel free to contact us. We’re pretty much an open book – no pun intended!

How did you decide on the title of the book?
It’s quite funny as we went round and round for about six-months on what the title should be. We regularly emailed or asked our family. Lists were made, names crossed out and added. Then finally, the consensus was to just call it the same as the blog!
When did we first realize we wanted to write the book?
It was after a month or two in Rome while wandering the streets, enjoying the food and wine, and revisiting the historic sites. We realized we wanted to share this journey with our followers and ultimately everyone who loves Italy as much as we do.
What was the writing process like?
We actually wanted to both tell the story as it unfolded. We “borrowed” the alternating chapter concept from our author friends, Nancy and John Petralia from their wonderful book, Not in a Tuscan Villa. We each took turns writing about the places we visited, the people we met, and the experiences we encountered.
Do we really know the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun by heart?
Yes, we both do! It is still today one of our favorites and we always enjoy watching with a glass of wine and a bowl of popcorn.
What was the best money ever spent writing this book?
We can easily say the answer would be our amazing editor, Ann. Ilene’s been working on learning Italian but she never realized how poorly she wrote English!
What did we edit out of this book?
Just small insignificant experiences that didn’t really enhance our journey. One example was a survey we were asked to take at the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence. The man couldn’t believe how much we enjoy train travel in Italy yet never use this form of transportation in the United States.
Have we always wanted to be a writer?
For Gary, he never had any thoughts of writing a book while Ilene on the other hand, always dreamed of writing a children’s book.
Do you have any writing expectations for the future?
Who knows what the future will bring and what experiences we might want to share.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
You need to write from the heart and about something you are passionate about. Of course, this advice is for non-fiction. But for any other kind of writing, just try it. See where it leads, you never know.
What did a typical writing day in Italy look like?
It always started with a glass of Italian red wine. Only when the weather was bad did we really ever spend a full-day writing. It was snipits of time, here and there, in the different towns we stayed in.
What was your favorite part of the book?
That’s an easy question for Gary. VIsiting Licodia Eubea where my grandfather was born and raised and a town we will always be apart of. Of course, getting our Italian birth and marriage certificates on my birthday just made it extra special. Gary’s answer is certainly one of mine too but I would add the experience we had in Scafati. An evening with Giuseppe and his parents, Gilda and Felice, a moment and experience I will treasure forever.
If the book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?
Gary’s choice would be Tom Selleck and an easy choice for Ilene would be Diane Lane, after all, she already has the experience!

We hope you find our FAQ, frequently asked questions informative and hopefully we touched on some answers you might not have known about us!

Ilene & Gary Modica, ouritalianjourney.com

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