The Drakoneborne

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ISABELLA ROSINANTE

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Isabella Rosinante was born in 1989 at Heraklion, Crete, and grew up there till the age of 17. Her father, Nikitas, was a nuclear physicist in North Carolina and her mother, Sophia, was a guard of Knossos Palace at Heraklion, where Bella herself went to school. Nikitas tested positive with COVID-19 and died in 2021 at the age of 78. Bella also has an older brother and sister.

Her father, Nikitas, was a nuclear physicist in North Carolina and her mother, Sophia, was a guard of Knossos Palace at Heraklion, where Bella herself went to school. Nikitas tested positive with COVID-19 and died in 2021 at the age of 78. Bella also has an older brother and sister.

The young Bella grew up surrounded by the Minoan Heritage. “When I finished school, I would go to Knossos Palace and wait for my mother to finish her shift. I spent my time chasing peacocks and exploring restricted areas of the palace with senior guards. I gradually learned so much about the Minoan Civilisation.” Her knowledge of the Minoan Culture would one day come in handy for creating the Drakoneborne universe, which is loosely based on Greek Mythology and the Minoan Civilisation.

Bella studied Architecture at Anglia Ruskin University. After her graduate degree, she moved to London and worked in a series of jobs, while studying her postgraduates. “My education in the UK was one of the most defining experiences of my life.” She moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career at screenwriting a month before the Covid-19 pandemic made its debut worldwide.

Bella conceived the idea of The Drakoneborne while shielding in an apartment in Los Angeles. Over the years, she took notes of equality movements that inspired her to map out three books of the series that explore a different culture. “At the island of Crete, there is something different than the world has ever seen. A matriarchal culture, where women were respected, being shown in important positions and figured prominently in art and religious artifacts often wearing bare-breasted style of dresses. The difference in race was between men and deities, and the Minoan population consisted of Eastern Mediterranean viewed as a pool of people, not people from groups of isolated nations. I feel that was beautiful and there is so much we can learn from the past.” 

Having completed the timeline of this large scale, multi-component project, she self publishes monthly chapters online till the books are fully written.

The first chapter was first published by Amazon Kindle in April 2021, under the pen name I. Rosinante, her personal choice inspired by the Rush song “Cygnus X-1”. The song makes reference to a ship sailing across the Milky Way through the galaxies. “I wanted to be the captain of that ship.”

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