Author, Artist, Italian Language & Art Blogger
Melissa Muldoon is the author of “Dreaming Sophia” and “Waking Isabella” and writer of the “Studentessa Matta” dual language Italian Blog. She is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer and the principal behind Matta Press. Melissa has a B.A. in fine arts, Art History and European History from Knox College and a master’s in art history from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has studied painting, language and art history in Florence.
Through the “Studentessa Matta” dual Italian & English language blog and website, Melissa promotes the study of Italian language and culture, offering tips and insights into language learning and culture. Since 2013 she organizes small group Italian language immersion programs in Italy twice a year in collaboration with Italian schools. She also organizes private Italian Language Homestays in Italy. Through the Studentessa Matta Youtube Channel, she brings to life the language through colorful video presentations about language learning and cultural anecdotes.
Through the Dreaming Sophia blog and website, and the Dreaming Sophia Pinterest Page: The Art of Loving Italy she promotes Art History, with the goal of making art accessible.
Dreaming Sophia – Because dreaming is an art is a magical look into Italy, language, art, and culture. It is a story about turning dreams into reality and learning to walk the fine line between fact and fantasy. The setting is Florence, Lucca, Rome, and Venice and following a path that takes her from grief to joy, Sophia discovers the source of her creativity and learns to love again, turning her dreams into reality.
Waking Isabella – Because beauty can’t sleep forever is a story about uncovering hidden beauty that over time has been lost, overlooked or suppressed. It also weaves together several love stories as well as a few mysteries. Nora, an assistant researcher, is a catalyst for resolving the puzzle of a painting that has been missing for decades. Set in Arezzo, a small Tuscan town, the plot unfolds against the backdrop of the city’s Antique trade and the fanfare and pageantry of its medieval Jousting Festival.
Avenging Artemisia – Because there is an art to vindication a new novel about Italy, and Art set in Rome, Naples and the Amalfi Coast.