Christine Simolke is the author of the novel, Children of Italy. Inspired by her grandmother’s life story of immigrant experience, she decided to write this novel. Christine has traveled to many countries all over the world and is thankful that her ancestors chose to settle in the United States. She is a former language arts teacher with a degree in special education from Texas Tech University and a master's degree in English/reading education from The University of Houston. The idea for her book, Children of Italy was formed many years ago when she wrote a research paper in graduate school based on an interview she'd done with her grandmother, Giovanna and stories her great aunt, Evelina told her. Her grandmother and her family immigrated from Italy to America in the 1920's, and Christine and her parents, aunts, uncles and cousins were always fascinated with the stories her grandmother and her sisters told of leaving Italy and their early life in the United States.