Alessandra Mattanza has always had a great passion for writing. She started when she was ten years old, realizing she was good at it, as schoolmates loved to read her stories. She wrote her first novel at the age of sixteen. Since then, she has been working as a writer, a journalist, and a photographer for several magazines, newspapers, and publishing companies.
Alessandra was born in Brescia, Italy, close to Milan. She spent her childhood in Franciacorta, the hilly region of the famous sparkling wine of the same name and the beautiful Lake Iseo. At age five, she started studying ballet. From age six until she was a teenager, she performed in the theatre; she then devoted her time to acrobatic gymnastics, swimming, and tennis, as well. After college, she moved to Venice to study languages; literature; theatre; art; philosophy; psychology, specializing in Freud and Jung; and political science at the University Ca’ Foscari. She received a doctoral degree with a thesis in history and politics about the resistance movements against Hitler, which was later published. She also studied law to earn a degree in professional journalism.
Alessandra’s father supported his family, working as a banker; now he is a painter, what he has always been at heart since he was a young boy. Alessandra inherited his creativity and also his practical spirit. Her mother is from the Venice area. From her, Alessandra inherited her curiosity, a great passion for reading books, a love of movies, a spirit for adventure, and a spicy character. Venetians have always been great travelers, like Marco Polo, the great merchant, explorer, and writer who traveled through Asia along the Silk Road between 1271 and 1295. So, Alessandra started traveling and living around the world when she was a teenager, developing a great love for nature, the environment, and the protection of animals.
Alessandra spent several years in Munich, Germany, working as a journalist and photographer, first for Süddeutsche Zeitung, and then for another magazine associated with the Handelsblatt Group, where she was employed as an editor for ten years and for which she traveled a great deal. Alessandra has lived in Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Kenya, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Madrid, Bruxelles, and Paris. She currently splits her time between San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Munich. She still spends several weeks a year traveling on assignment for the most popular fashion, travel, and style magazines. From time to time, she goes on expeditions, and she writes and publishes many books, including photographic books. She has won several awards at the National Journalism Awards in Los Angeles.