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I was born in 3rd August 1986, apparently after a stormy morning.

Somewhere between my 5th and 6th anniversary, I started studying music. I attended a few different schools until, in 1996, I entered the music academy Academia de Música de Vilar do Paraíso (AMVP) in which I would finish the 8th grade of Piano and Musical Education. Those years remain unforgettable for many reasons.

Driven by my great passion for acting I joined the Sporting Clube Candalense’s Juvenile Drama Group, in which I stayed from 1995 to 1997. Similar motivations combined with an avid interest in Cinema lead me to participate in 2001 in one of the workshops organized by Os Filhos de Lumiére association. I hold on to this passion, almost stubbornly refusing to let it go. Maybe one day I can develop into something more concrete.

It was my Portuguese high school teacher – Maria Luísa Pinto – who stimulated me towards writing. This ended up giving me the courage and boldness to create my own stories. So, in the summer holidays of 2002, between my 10th and 11th school years, since I really had nothing better to do and also because the idea for The Sceptre of Aerzis trilogy kept coming to my mind for sometime, I decided to write down what would become Daughter of the Worlds.

Lady of the Night and Mists and Queen of the Lands of Light followed, respectively in the summer holidays of 2003 and 2004. All books were published by Edições Gailivro a year after they had been written and later republished as paperbacks editions by 11x17 during 2012 and 2013.

Invited by Épica – Portuguese Association for the Fantasy in the Arts, I was one of the speakers in the events The Fantasy in the Feminine and Fantastic Forum 2005 which took place in late 2005.

During 2006’s summer holidays I focused on writing Prelude, a work entirely different from the trilogy but equally rewarding, released in 2007 by Edições Gailivro.

In November of 2007, once again following an invitation by Épica, I presented author W. J. Maryson and conducted a conversation with him as part of the programme of Fantastic Forum 2007.

In the first semester of 2008 I finally had the opportunity of fulfilling a long time objective by integrating the Erasmus Mobility Programme. Milan might not be the capital of my dreams, nor the city in which I would like to live, nevertheless for some months it was my home. It was the scenery for so many experiences that a certain nostalgia is inevitable. I cannot repeat the instants but I do hope I will not lose the people.

I got my degree in Biology in 2008 from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. I still find Biology a fascinating science. Its wide range of subjects is thrilling and appealing. However, it was to literature that I’ve decided to dedicate myself. That’s why I enrolled in the Masters in Anglo-American Studies at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, having completed it in 2013. This entirely different and challenging adventure not only gave me the opportunity of discovering literature through new perspectives but also provided me with another work area which allows me to investigate some of my favourite themes: utopias, dystopias, modernism, folk tales and fairy tales.

Between mid 2008 and the beginning of 2009 I immersed myself on the numerous truths of The past we shall be, published in 2010 by Porto Editora. It was presented later that year, in February, during Correntes D’Escritas.

I am currently working on several projects, some of them more secret than others. There is a proper time and moment for each and every one of them.