A. Rolando was born in 1986 and raised in a small country town in the north-west of Italy. He first left the hometown to attend university in Bologna where he graduated in Economics & Marketing in 2008. Soon after he moved to Milan to start his career in Marketing. He spent more than 4 years there, building a nice life for himself. But nice was not what he was looking for, he wanted challenges and adventures, like the ones he was reading in books, not safety and comfort. At least not yet. So, in December 2013, he decided to leave everything behind and, against all his friends and family’s advices, he moved to one of the farthest Country on the map: Australia.
The beginning was rough, with no contacts and without speaking English, but adventures are never easy so he pushed through the first adversities, until he settled in Sydney, where he continued his career in Marketing.
Meanwhile he kept juggling his free time between volunteering in orphanages and writing fantasy books for young adults, the latter a passion which started back in Italy.
Reading has always been a big part of his life, but the book that changed his life was the Harry Potter series. A. Rolando has always been interested in animals and he felt natural to use them as the base to his series. That’s how the first idea of Animalia started to form in his head.