About Me

Find out who Alex L. Mainardi is and all about his world


Alex L. Mainardi was born and lives in Parma, where they actively dedicates to writing.

Passionate about mythology and archeology, they is a fiction author who, after having published two literary sagas and a series of illustrated books, they has create in 2018 Casa Ailus, a collective of authors and illustrators who make pubblications in various areas of the fantastic.

They is a cosplayer since 2003 and they has made over 70 costumes (now wheelchair included) won in many Italian events.

At eighteen they discovers they has a rare degenerative genetic disease, Friedreich's Ataxia, believing that them life was over and them future was burned they went into depression period, because they had become disabled.

Cosplay made them react because it offers them the chance to take a break from them real life by always playing different characters, so they began to consider every problem in life only as a challenge.

They loves challenges.

Currently, when they is not working as a writer, they can be found at the events or on the cosplay contests jury, obviously in costume ... wheelchair included!


2010 March - "Premio Musa" awarded by Municipality of Parma

2012 March - "Personal Growth" category, the ToyP prize,  awarded by the JCI section of Parma.

2012 May -  "Personal Growth" category, at national level,  awarded by the JCI Italy.


Do you have questions or want to propose collaborations?

Send me an email to writer@afreedomwriter.com 


Working experiences:

2008-today - Self-publisher and author of fantasy, urban-fantasy, steampunk and sci-fi novels, author of illustrated books serie Mitologika and Le Creature di Mitologika, screenwriter of Lokinson comic

2010 - Freelancer/editor for Lines Infinite Edizioni

2011 - Published by Mattioli 1885

2013 - Published by Emmeci Edizioni (Rome)

2014 - Published by Nine9Art

2016-2017 - Founder and president of the cultural association Ailus Editrice

2018- today - Founder and author in the collective of artists Casa Ailus (self-publishing)

Other experiences:

2005-2009 - Creator, organizer and manager of the cosplay event 'Cos-Party - Parma'

2007 - Presenter of the cosplay contest at 'Hard-Rock Cos-Party - Turin'

2008 - Creator and organizer of the 'La Notte delle Fate' fashion show-event, promoted by the 'La Bottega delle Fate' shop (Parma)

2009 - Organizer, manager and presenter of the cosplay area at 'Parma Fantasy' event

2010-2011 - Organizer and co-manager of the cosplay area at 'Parma Fantasy' event

2011-2012 - Creator, organizer and manager of the cosplay event 'La Notte delle Stelle' (Parma)

2014 - Organizer and manager of the cosplay area at 'Nipponsai' event (Parma)

2014 - Creator, organizer and manager of the cosplay event 'La Notte delle Stelle' (Reggio Emilia)

2015 - Organizer, manager and presenter of the cosplay at 'SalsoFantasy' event (SalsoMaggiore Terme - Parma)

2008-now - Cosplay contests jury at: Fumettopoli, Lucca Comics, Cartoomics, Festival del fumetto (winter & summer editions at Novegro), San Marino Comics, Pavia Comis, CosMo, Mantova Comics, Modena Nerd and others.