NY-based Albanian author’s book “Rikthimi” becomes a sensation

Veneta Çallpani is a New York based author and poet. Born in Albania, she moved to New York City following her studies at the Technical University of Medical Sciences in Tirana. Currently she works at the University Diagnostic Medical Imaging (UDMI) as sonographer and continues her studies at Bronx Community College to earn her degree in Liberal Arts and Science (Biology).

I knew what I wanted to become since I was a child and I’ve always worked on achieving my goals. I started writing around 9 years old and published my first book when I was thirteen. Always wanted to become a doctor, and I am currently working in a medical field as a sonographer and going to school to become a radiologist, said Veneta Çallpani.

Çallpani is author of several books including: Hena dhe yjet dashurohen – “The Moon and Stars Fell in Love” (2006); Ne heshtje – “In Silence” (2008); Frymezim Casti – “Momentary Inspiration” (2010); Rikthimi – “The Return” (2013). 

“I like writing in the evenings. During my childhood, I used to go visit my grandmother often in the village. After a very active day running around, helping my grandmother, spending time with my cousins, every evening I used to sit outside and write. The fresh air, the sky, the sound of the birds and insects chirping and the beautiful natural surrounding was a great inspiration for me. I was free to feel and write what my brain and my heart was experiencing.

My curiosity and my wonder about everything would create my unique world and actually helped me build my character.  That was the time when I didn’t know anything else except love. I think that was exactly what I needed to become a writer. The war between the “perfect world” I used to live in and the reality gives me a lot to write about. This is why I love writing in the evenings, because my soul takes wings and I can travel in time and space without worrying about anything. However, since I came in America (2013) I’ve been so busy with work and school, so often when something gets my attention I stop and write. It might happen in the train, while I’m walking, in the school or when I am reading. Now I don’t wait for the evenings anymore. I write anytime,” added Veneta Çallpani.


Photo by Diar Xani

Currently Veneta Çallpani is working on a new book where the lead character is a female taking care of her sick mother. Çallpani says that she loves fiction, novels and fantasy books. Her common themes involve topics such as love, human rights and family. She enjoys being creative, writing and helping others.

“Writing is me. It is something that I can’t stop it. My soul is always hungry and writing is what best feeds my soul. My ambition is to write a book which will be everlasting and will make me happy even in the other world. Medicine is my career, but I won’t be fulfilled until I make a movie.”

The much talked about book “Rikthimi” has become an internet sensation. The book has received an overwhelming positive response and readers cannot wait for the author’s book in English.





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