You Don’t Have to Be Italian to Listen in…

IMG_6736Author, psychologist, and radio host of “The Italian Art of Living Well,” Raeleen Mautner, has invited me to join her Monday morning, August 24th, between 7-8 a.m., at 88.7 FM radio, direct from The University of New Haven (CT) studio.

As you might imagine, I am thrilled for the opportunity to discuss ORLA’S CANVAS, a coming-of-age novel set in 1962 Louisiana, as well as two previously published Venetian novels, THIRST, and PLAGUED  (Go to for a wealth of information, reviews of each, and even a bit of opera music for THIRST)

As they do for Raeleen, my Italian roots inform every aspect of daily life.  I know she and I will have the chance to muse about that and more come Monday.

So, brew yourself a caffe and savor a cornetta while tuning in so we can share some breakfast (prima colazione) together!


Quite a Summer!


It’s been a busy and productive summer.

First off, with three other group leaders, I traveled to Rome and the Amalfi Coast with students, many of whom participate in my writing classes at Chase Collegiate School. adoratiIt’s always a treat to “see” through the students’ eyes, especially when those eyes recognize a place or person who relates to their own reading and work.  Many thanks to all who made the trip fun and memorable.  A special “Grazie” to family and friends in my family’s native Frigento.

Upon our return to the States, Mark Twain House, Hartford, Connecticut, was home to three writers who “jump started” their novels-in-draft with me.  I’m looking forward to continuing our evening workshop together in the coming months at The Writers’ House at Chase Collegiate School.

Very exciting has been my association with Penmore Press, who will be releasing my third novel, Orla’s Canvason October 1, 2015.

Pre-order copies in e-book and paperback formats are now available at

Check out to read very gratifying pre-publication reviews.

That’s it for now.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer,