Author biography

Alessia Mainardi was born and lives in Parma, where she actively dedicates herself to writing.

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

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

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

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

She loves challenges.

Currently, when she is not working as a writer, she 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.


Work experience:

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 experience:

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.