I have started a partial tracing of the steps of the main character of The Residium – Road to Rome– Staff Sgt. Jeb Montalto- in Southern Italy, as well as researching and writing the follow on book, The Residium – Sanctuary. There is probably a word for following in the footsteps of an imaginary character, but it’s not one I know, unless it’s insanity. Yesterday I visited Nocera Terinese, Calabria, Jeb’s ancestral town. Nocera Terinese adorns the rugged Calabrese mountain, much as I imagined it would.
I arrived at lunch time at the Municipio to give a copy of my book to the town. The mayor was not in (as is to be expected (and not unreasonably) when you arrive at lunch-time anywhere in Italy). However, the friendly ladies in the office were most welcoming and with the help of google they quickly understood and undertook to give the book to the mayor. English is not widely spoken down south, so he will likely need to wait for the Italian language version to read it. I am falling in love with Italy all over again.