It is with patriotic pride that I can officially announce Luna's first Italian author to join our family, or rather, "La Famiglia di Luna"! Benvenuto, Daniele Azara!
Daniele is a multi talented Italian fantasy author and game designer, who has just released the YA fantasy, Children of Mu with Astro Edizioni, run by the excellent Francesca Costantino, in Roma.
When we read the book, we just knew it had to be introduced into the English market. I am personally supervising the Italian translation, and am enjoying the process more than I can say.
Daniele told us:
"CoM was born to answer a single question: why are human beings the only unhappy animal on Earth? Studying anthropology, I knew that the answer lay in the continuous battle between nature and culture.
As a professional creative, I just decided to re-write history in order to give a personal answer to it. The result is a realistic-fantasy book in which our everyday life is ruled by forces we aren't able to understand. And it's all about human beings, nature, and all the mysteries from our past that scientists can't explain."
Daniele has been a game designer since the days of Quake. He collaborated in the launch of dozens of games, distributed in every corner of the Earth, played by millions of people on PC, home consoles, mobile devices and AR/VR technologies, of which is an enthusiastic scholar.
He has always been active in visual effects and advertising with his own companies, was nominated at the Italian Oscars, “David di Donatello”, and has been awarded the Gold Star in “Grand prix of communication”.
He has run courses in Game Design at the Master in Multimedia & New Languages in Florence, as well as at the European Design Institute (IED) of Rome, and Link Campus, Vigamus Academy, where he currently leads the development labs.
He works mainly as a consultant, is married and has a young boy. He lives in Rome and travels a lot.
Children of Mu is the first book from the “Children of Mu” RPG alternate-history universe he started creating in 1997.
If I may be allowed: EVVAI!
Children of Mu (Release date TBC)