Lynn Rodolico


Lynn was born in Santa Monica, California, and grew up in the coastal town of Pacific Palisades. Her earliest, happiest memories come from inventing stories beneath the large fruit trees in her backyard, and later, when she was old enough to roam, the dramatic pounding of the Pacific Ocean below the town’s cliffs. Despite the idyllic setting, it wasn’t until she left Pacific Palisades and her family that she began to feel at home.

Writing had always been a favourite pastime but it wasn’t until she quit her job as Administrator of Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts that she started writing full time. She gave herself one year in which to succeed or fail as a writer. To perfect her skills, first in the Berkshires and later in New York City, she wrote commercial novels in the Romance genre under a series of pseudonyms. Her success was quick and exceptional. Her first published novel, Passion’s Flight sold 350,000 copies and was translated into seven languages. Her second novel, Heart and Soul, proved a greater success, both commercially and literary, winning the Book of the Month Club Award in France. Opening Bid was another best seller romance and was translated into eleven languages. Intimates moved out of the romance category, allowing for real character development, but its circulation was thwarted when her editor changed publishing houses and the book remained orphaned in the warehouse.

In 1985 she moved to Italy for a year to finish a novel, Wooden Nickels. On her first day in Florence she met Antonino Rodolico, the man who would transform her life from a solitary search to a unified communion. Two Seas is a fictionalized memoir of their life on an olive farm in the Tuscan hills and their unexpected love affair with the Island of Sicily. They have two grown daughters.