Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli is an Italian science fiction and thriller author.
She has lived in Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy) since 1993, earning a degree in biology and working as a writer, scientific and literary translator, and freelance web copywriter. In the past she also worked as researcher, tutor and professor's assistant in the field of ecology at "Dipartimento di Biologia Animale ed Ecologia" of the University of Cagliari.

As a cinema addict, she started by writing screenplays and fan fictions inspired by the movies.

She has written original fiction since 2009.
Between 2012-2013 she wrote and published a hard science fiction series set on Mars and titled "Deserto rosso".
The whole "Deserto rosso" series, which includes four books, was also published as omnibus in December 2013 (ebook and paperback) and hit No. 1 on the Italian Kindle Store in November 2014.

"Deserto rosso" was published in English, with the title "Red Desert", between 2014 and 2015.
The first book of the series is "Red Desert - Point of No Return"; the second is "Red Desert - People of Mars"; the third is "Red Desert - Invisible Enemy"; the final book is "Red Desert - Back Home".

She also authored three crime thrillers in the Detective Eric Shaw trilogy - “Il mentore” (2014), “Sindrome” (2016), and “Oltre il limite” (2017) -, an action thriller titled “Affinità d’intenti” (2015), and three more science fiction novels titled “L’isola di Gaia” (2014), “Per caso” (2015), and “Ophir. Codice vivente” (2016).

"Il mentore" was published in English by AmazonCrossing with the title "The Mentor" on 1 November 2015 (best ranking: No. 1 on the Kindle Store in USA, UK, and Australia).

"Affinità d'intenti" was published in English as "Kindred Intentions" on 26 April 2016.

All her books have been Amazon bestsellers in Italy so far.

She’s also a podcaster at FantascientifiCast, an Italian podcast about science fiction, an Italian Representative of Mars Initiative, and a member of the International Thriller Writers organization.

She’s often a guest both in Italy and abroad during book fairs, including Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino (Turin Book Fair), Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair) and Più Libri Più Liberi (Rome Book Fair), local publishing events, university conventions as well as classes (University of Insubria), where she gives speeches or conducts workshops about self-publishing and genre fiction writing.

As a science fiction and Star Wars fan, she is known in the Italian online community by her nickname, Anakina.


Science Fiction


Faith Nightingale

Such a talented author! This is a must-read!

SCCunningham Books

Love the sound of this one, cant wait to read it.

A. J. Henry

Amelia Jennings attends a job interview. She is sure the job is hers but there is another candidate, Mike Connor who also wants the job of an investigator at Golberg & Associates. It turns out a series of executions have been carried out against senior partners to large legal firms. The twist is that rather than cooperate with police investigations, the lawyers keep schtum. Monticelli does not waste time cutting to fast-paced action. Bullets rip through the reception area and Jennings takes cover. She purses the assailant through corridors of the building while awaiting back-up. Jennings is an undercover agent for the police department. Just when her situation looks dire, she is saved by someone she never knew much less expect to be a hero, Mike Connor. Monticelli's book promises to be action-packed and a well-deserved thriller.

k. r. sanford

I would read more of this book as I enjoy the psychological struggle with the dynamics of self and how to find their unique way of utilizing themselves in their mission ahead. K. R. Sanford

Theresa Snyder

This very intense adventure on Mars is well worth the read. Written by a woman familiar with space and its exploration, there is detail in this novel you won't find anywhere else. It is the first novel in an epic saga. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a scif with a touch of thriller!

Guy Worthey

Monticelli's original Italian has been translated to English for her Red Desert series, giving a charming flavor to the prose. Her characters are 3d, and her hard sci-fi setting is researched impeccably. Novella-length book one, "Point of no return," serves as an introduction, constructing the hooks that power future volumes and ramping up the tension and mystery.

Leon Cameron

Big screen material! This talented author brings the reader into a new world where adventure awaits at every turn. The descriptions are well though out, the characters pop off of the page. Don't miss this one!

Kate Rauner

I felt like I was on Mars, the real Mars, and felt the desperation that isolated settlers will experience. Great read

Rebecca Janet

beautiful cover :)

Rex Sumner

Nothing like a thriller when the plan falls apart and the heroes have to wing it! Makes it all the harder for the reader to guess what is going to happen...<br /> Fast and enjoyable.

Free Book Giveaways

Kindred Intentions

24 hours. 2 people. 1 target.

It was 10 a.m. when undercover agent Amelia Jennings arrived at the law firm Goldberg & Associates for a job interview. Her mission was to investigate a series of murders involving some well-known lawyers in the City. Her target, an elusive hired killer who had been of interest to the police for months.
But her plan is doomed to fall apart before it even starts.
In less than twenty-four hours Amelia will be the prey in a man hunt and her destiny will become entwined with Mike Connor’s.
Their intentions, apparently similar, may prove to be opposite, but the affinity binding them goes beyond what they think they know about each other.

One day to survive. One day to let go of the past.