Featured Interview With Ilene & Gary Modica
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Both born and raised in New York, Gary was born and raised in Maspeth, Queens while Ilene on Long Island. They will be celebrating 40-years of marriage in November 2020. Their blended family all live in Arizona, about 30-miles from one another. Along with these four children, they enjoy nine grandchildren ranging in age from two years to seventeen.
It took them three years to become Italian citizens through the Jurs Sanguinis and Jurs Matrimonii application process. This was done through the Los Angeles, California Consulate as they currently reside in Arizona. They would describe this process as a rollercoaster ride and currently help others with their applications, questions, and travel advice. Obtaining Italian citizenship became personal for Gary in wanting to bring his name back home to Italy.
We, unfortunately, don't have any pets at this time as we mainly live in Italy but travel back to Arizona to visit our children and grandchildren.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Being an author is a complete surprise to both Gary and Ilene. Ilene has always enjoyed reading but never considered writing until they were in Italy in 2019.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Gary reads more history and Ilene enjoys mysteries and novels. Ilene's favorite author is David Baldacci.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Award-winning bloggers, Ilene and Gary step out of their comfort zone while living in Italy in 2019, writing their adventure travel memoir. Experience the seducing charm of the country, the twists and turns, and their humorous moments along the way. Live vicariously through them and encounter the Italian zest for living. A compelling read for anyone who wants to appreciate daily life in Italy and to understand its charm, appeal, and cultural differences.