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Where to Find Inspiration

A flower growing out of a crack in the canyon wall caught my attention—a lonely flower, a toadflax with delicate lavender petals and a white center, reached skyward. It seemed to be out of place in this parched landscape, yet it thrived. […]

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An Author’s Guide to Getting and Using Book Reviews by David Wogham

Writing book reviews is a challenge for many indie authors. Yet, it is an essential skill to learn early on in any publishing venture. In The Book Review Companion: An Author’s Guide to Getting and Using Book Reviews, David Wogham explains the process of getting reviews and why they are essential in a step-by-step manner. From finding the right reviewers to rules and ethics of the game, this guide is requisite in all publishing endeavors.

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Quotes to Fit the Day

September 9, 2020“To have compassion for those who suffer is a human quality which everyone should possess, especially those who have required comfort themselves in the past and have managed to find it in others. ”― Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron May 11, 2020  You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them― Ray Bradbury   The corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused the largest number of shutdowns of businesses worldwide and  changed life as we know it. In the first week of April, more than half of the world’s population has received orders to […]

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Structure of a Novel

Lessons on Structure Learned from Writing My First Book If there’s one lesson I learned about how to structure a novel is that it involved a lot more than the basic five elements of plot shown in the classic diagram of building a novel.  It took me more than ten years to write my debut book Canaries Can’t Cry, but the real writing was done in less than a year. Most of the time was spent in learning how to write a novel. By that, I mean to build the structure, the framework that would keep my family biography from […]

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Interview with an Immigrant

Canaries Can’t Cry Anchored in the Adriatic is the tiny island called Sansego, where people live their lives in heavy labor, faith, and superstition, working the land from cockcrow to vespers and the sea from vespers to cockcrow. This is the birthplace of author Antonia Burgato who, in Canaries Can’t Cry, stitches the stories her mother told of life on the island that, in part one, spans the time between two world wars. The author’s voice changes in the second part, as she comes of age in an America of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Elvis Presley and becomes an adult during […]

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Galani Venice Style

It is a common occurrence in social gatherings to place of big bowl of galani in the center of the table with a jug of red wine, much the way Americans would put a bowl of potato chips and a pitcher of beer, except that the galani are always homemade. I fully embrace my American culture now together with my Veneto-Dalmatian heritage, and on, occasion, I heartily put of bowl of potato chips and a pitcher of beer on the table. […]