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Author Archives: Mayra Calvani

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. Represented by Serendipity Literary.

Interview: Eliot Baker, Author of ‘The Last Ancient’

"I found myself working like crazy to get my research in order."

"My notions of success are emotionally driven; certainly not defined in sales figures." Read More »

Profile: Donna Galanti, Author of ‘The Human Element’

“I slay my own demons through my writing – and I highly recommend it!” says Galanti.

"I am drawn to writing the hero’s journey – more so the tormented hero, and tormented villain." Read More »

Interview: D.W. Raleigh, Author of ‘Shiloh’s True Nature’

"...success is being able to do what you love for a living."

Never stop editing your own work because you’ll always find ways to make it better." Read More »

Interview: Paul DeBlassie III, Author of ‘The Unholy’

"I hope that readers of The Unholy will feel the top of their heads pop off."

"I hope that readers of 'The Unholy' will feel the top of their heads pop off." Read More »

Interview with Victoria Dougherty, Author of ‘The Bone Church’

"One reviewer called my writing style a cross between La Carre and Sue Monk Kidd."

Sometimes I had to decide whether to be faithful to history or to my fiction. I almost always chose the latter – unless it was about a huge historical event. You can’t pretend that Hitler didn’t exist, for instance, or that Stalin was married to Marilyn Monroe – unless you’re writing a farce. Read More »

Interview: Karen-Anne Stewart, Author of ‘Ash to Steele’

"I define success by what makes me feel good inside, knowing I did my best and wrote a book that I stand behind."

"I swear, being an author is the best form of therapy." Read More »

Book Review: ‘Stolen Dreams’ by Christine Amsden

Stolen Dreams is the 4th and final book in the Cassie Scot mystery series.

The fourth and final book in the Cassie Scott series brings the infamous Scot vs. Blackwood family feud to a close. Read More »

Interview: Sharon van Ivan, Author of ‘Juggle and Hide’

"I experience anxiety before I do almost anything – even if it’s something wonderful like writing."

Sharon van Ivan began her memoir, Juggle and Hide, in Los Angeles in 2004, just after the death of her mother. She and her husband, the renowned realist artist Charles Pfahl, had moved to Los Angeles to be close to Sharon’s mother. Sharon sought out a writing group as she was having trouble diving into the painful story that was ... Read More »

Interview: Anita Banks, Author of ‘Tanner Builds a Block Tower’

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"Being an empty nester at this point in my life has allowed me to pursue that dream." Read More »

Interview: Holly Kerr, Author of ‘Coming Home’

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"Being a writer means putting a part of yourself out there for everyone to see…and critique…and criticize." Read More »