Loredana Cunti

Loredana Cunti was born the middle child between two brothers in an Italian immigrant family. Born in Toronto, she was raised in the countryside outside of Kleinburg, Ontario and counts feeding the chickens and checking the well water as some of her chores growing up.

She does not recall any stories being read to her as a small child since her parents and grandparents came to Canada without any English and were constantly working to build a good life for their family. There was always extended family around, however, and she credits this as the beginning of her oral storytelling career.

As a child, Loredana preferred sports and socializing to writing and reading. She often got into trouble at school for talking too much, but later, this served her well as she began winning speech contests and creative drama awards. The one book she does remember loving is Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.

At 17, she saw a play put on at her high school and was convinced that a life in film and television drama arts was for her. She began her career in radio as a guest host on a Jamaican radio program and then on Italian Top 40 hits on a multicultural radio station. This is where her love of international cultures began. She turned down a job in marketing in favor of waiting for a job in sales since she knew that sales people did a lot of travelling. She quickly found a job selling movies and TV programs across Canada, then around the world.

She eventually found she was most happy working in children’s entertainment and moved to England where she became Senior Vice- President of Children’s Programming at Universal Pictures in London.

After many years of travelling and executive producing children’s animated television shows, she got married and moved to New York for her honeymoon year. She has also lived in Los Angeles, Rome, and New Zealand.

At 40+, while living in Paris for 5 years, she became a mother and a Cordon Bleu Pastry Chef.

Over the years, she has been working on the creative process and was lucky enough to develop a number of book-based characters for television including Geronimo Stilton, Pink Panther, and most recently George Greenby by Stephen and Lucy Hawking. It was here that she “discovered space.”

Reverting to type as an Italian mama, she moved back to Canada with her family after nearly 17 years away. Loredana wanted to spend more time with her children than she did travelling the world. When her kids were old enough to not barge into her office, she realized that while sitting at her desk, she could travel anywhere her brain would take her and still be home in time for pre-school pick up.

The planets aligned when she was developing her original idea for an animated adventure for kids in space. The idea for her first book was born when all her young children wanted to talk about was burping, farting and number 2.

She is passionate about sharing stories of culture and family through food and loves pop music, folk and rap music, and learning a few words in any language she can. She plans to keep writing as long as the little characters in her brain want her to tell their stories.

Annick Press books
by Loredana Cunti