Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli
|Born||November 3, 1974|
|Genre||Thriller, Crime fiction, Science fiction|
Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli is an Italian science fiction and thriller author. Born in Carbonia in 1974, she has been living in Cagliari since 1993, where she works as a writer, as well as scientific and literary translator.
She has a Degree in Biological Sciences in 1998, has in the past served as a researcher, tutor and assistant professor of Ecology at the Department of Animal Biology and Ecology of the University of Cagliari. Since April 2013 she is an Italian Representative of the Mars Initiative.
She wrote and published a four-book hard science fiction series set on Mars and titled "Deserto rosso" in Italian (published 2012-2013). She later translated it into English under the title Red Desert (published during 2014 and 2015). Deserto rosso omnibus published in December 2013. Thanks to this series, in 2014 she was awarded by Wired Italia as one of the 10 best Italian independent authors, was a guest at the Turin International Book Fair and at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and became a popular science fiction author in Italy.
She has also written three crime thrillers set in London, Il mentore, Sindrome, and Oltre il limite, which are book 1, 2, and 3 in the Detective Eric Shaw Trilogy. Il mentore was translated as The Mentor in English and is an international bestseller (published by AmazonCrossing). The Mentor hit #1 on the Kindle Store in United States, UK, and Australia in October 2015, selling 200,000 copies in a matter of months.
She is a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization. This is an organization that only authors with at least one book published by a recognized publisher can join, in Monticelli's case her novel published by AmazonCrossing.