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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 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’


"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’


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

Interview: Meryl Ain, Author of ‘The Living Memories Project’

Through the voices of the individuals in the book you will see life and death in a different way.

"If you live long enough, you will suffer the loss of someone dear to you . . " Read More »

Interview: Daphne Michaels, Author of ‘The Gifted’

I want readers to celebrate with me nine “gifts” that we are all born with that if we recognize and use them can transform our lives forever.

"Writing personal development books is a natural next step in my journey to take my message to as broad of an audience as possible." Read More »

Interview: J. Boyce Gleason, Author of ‘Anvil of God’

"Writing unearths emotions and ideas that are very hard to explain or justify."

"I originally thought about doing it as a science fiction fantasy, but the story was too good to mess with." Read More »

Interview: Silvio Sirias, Author of ‘The Saint of Santa Fe’


"Although I have a detailed outline to guide me, I also believe what Robert Frost says: 'No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.'” Read More »