Regina Scharf writes historical fiction to better understand Brazil. “O Ilusionista”, a mystery novel on a confederate found dead in an African-Brazilian ritual offering in Rio, in 1908, is her debut fiction, still unpublished. Now she is working on a second historical fiction, that goes further back in time, to 1819, and is set in the Atlantic rainforest.
An environmental journalism pioneer, she who worked for 25 years in Brazilian and French media, such as Gazeta Mercantil (financial daily paper), Veja (weekly magazine) and Radio France International. Regina also published several non-fiction books on sustainability and Deep Brazil, an English-language blog about Brazilian history and culture that reached 1 million pageviews. She won the Reuters-IUCN (Latin America) and Ethos awards for her writings. She has also worked in several initiatives that aimed to introduce sustainability in financial institutions, first at Banco Real (now part of the Santander Group) and at the United Nations Environmental Program Finance Initiative.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, she lives in Portland, in the West Coast of the United States.