Michelle is currently the Guide to Law School at About.com (a New York Times company), official blogger for LegalZoom.com, and does a weekly podcast with fellow bloggers Sara Rosso and Jessica Spiegel at Eye on Italy.
A Short Q & A with Michelle
01. What is the best thing about being an American in Italy?
I love the simple life I've created in rural southern Italy; the most pressing daily concern is usually what's for lunch and dinner...but the answers are never too far away :)
02. Do you have a favorite Italian or American phrase that you use often?
Italian: "Boh." A very general term for "I have no idea."
03. Did you already know how to speak Italian or did you have to learn?
I only knew very basic Italian when I arrived; I learned by listening and repeating -- and doing lots of reading.
04. What is your favorite dish/food that you used to love before you moved to Italy and still do as of now?
Pizza, but in a whole new way! Now I love it with tuna and red onions.
05. Is any advice you would give to anyone who want to be a freelance writer?
Write about things that interest you, otherwise it'll seem too much like work ;)
06. Does being a freelance writer gives you more or less options in terms of clients?
You have as many options as you want with freelancing; if you want to work primarily for one client you can, or if you want to spread the love, you can look around. There's great freedom -- but that also requires great discipline.
07. How long have you been blogging & what is your favorite thing about blogging?
I started Bleeding Espresso in December of 2006; I love the conversations that go on in the comments section. I do my best to respond to every comment on all my blogs as I really do appreciate when people take the time to share their reactions to what I've written.
08. How many cups of coffee do you consume on a typical day?
Usually just one in the morning -- a cappuccino. If I need a pick-me-up in the afternoon, I may have another around 3 or 4 p.m., which is a huge no-no in Italy; they don't think you should drink milk after 10 or 11 a.m. I tell them I have an American stomach, so I'm good.
09. If you have one wish in the world, what would it be?
On a grand level, to end all suffering. On a personal level, to have southern Italy and central Pennsylvania (where most of my family is) be just around the corner from each other. Michelle shares her adventures in the Bel Paese at Bleeding Espresso, tales about raising kids at Goat Berries, and keeps a professional site at MichelleFabio.com. You can find Michelle on Twitter @michellefabio and on Facebook at the Bleeding Espresso page.
Michelle is also running another cookbook contest at her blog, Bleeding Espresso - go over here to enter.
Now for the Book Giveaway
Update: Contest Closed. Winner will be announce here.
Michelle is giving one lucky reader an autographed copy of Cucina Di Calabria: Treasured Recipes and Family Traditions from Southern Italy by Mary Amabile Palmer. More information about the book is at Amazon.com.
01. Simply tell us your favorite Italian dish in comments.
02. You must have a blog and an email.
03. Contest is international.
04. Last day to enter is May 29, 2010. Winners will be selected randomly.