Nov. 8 – Meet RI Author Julien Ayotte

Julien is living my dream – a fruitful writing career in retirement! I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him over the past year and he is an extraordinary individual with great spirit and an engaging sense of humor. You have to meet him at the Book Expo and get hooked on his writing.

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Ayotte Julien

Following a successful career in the corporate and legal worlds as a financial executive, I retired in early 2002, expecting fully to enjoy myself traveling, and playing golf and tennis. Never did I expect to become an author of mystery and suspense thrillers.
When I was cleaning out some drawers in my office at home, I came across several chapters of a novel I had started to write in 1987. The first chapter was so old that the typewritten pages had turned yellow….aah, the good old days of the electric typewriter. My oldest daughter Barbara, an English major and graduate of Boston College, read the fifteen chapters in my manuscript and insisted I complete it. This happened in 2012, and out came Flower ofHeaven, my debut novel.
Since its release, Flower ofHeaven has won four national book awards, has gained over a hundred reviews on Amazon, has…

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Nov. 7 – Meet RI Author Connie Ross Ciampanelli

Connie is a delightful person and her story is definitely worth reading. As a runner myself I find her words inspiring. See her at the ARIA expo too!

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Ciampanelli Connie

Journey to 10K: Adventures of an Older Novice Runner
In 2012, I celebrated my 60th birthday by running a 5K for the first time in my life. Never an athlete, I followed the Josh Clark Couch to 5K® designed especially for beginners. Journeyto 10K:AdventuresofanOlderNoviceRunner, my first book, is the story of how I achieved my dream. Written as I went along, it illustrates the successes and failures, good and bad runs, and discouragement and elation that I experienced.

I wrote this book to encourage others who embark on similar journeys. With desire and determination, anyone in good health can succeed in achieving their running goals.

Now approaching 63, I’m currently halfway through training for a half marathon.

Connie lives in North Providence, Rhode Island. Married to Tony for thirty-nine years and the mother of two grown sons, she works in the Guidance…

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Nov. 6 – Meet RI Author Kenneth Vaughan

Another fine Rhode Island author to meet. I appreciate Kenneth Vaughan’s approach to writing. Short stories will always be my favorite form of fiction as a reader and writer. See what Kenneth has to iffer at the ARIA book expo.

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Vaughan Kenneth

Everyone writes, just as everyone does art. The difference is that some of us don’t stop. Most people are storytellers at heart, and I’m no different than anyone else in that sense. Even during periods when I wasn’t writing fiction, I spent a lot of time playing and running role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, and Champions. There’s a strong collaborative storytelling aspect to that form of gaming, and I was always drawn to that.

After many years of writing without success, I finally made some decisions about my goals and the process. The thing that led to creating publishable work in my case was switching from novels to short stories. I had two complete novels, some aborted attempts, and a screenplay, but the fiction wasn’t good enough to take to a publisher or an agent. I think the screenplay is adequate, but the novels are…

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The True Meaning of Motherhood

One more re-blog before the day is done. This one by my friend Jen Basile. Her words touch the mother in my heart, and put words to the ultimate expression of love. And the girl can write! Enjoy.

Chopping Potatoes

What is a mother anyway?

What does it truly mean to be a mother?

In its simplest form, I suppose a woman becomes one through the act of birthing – but even that isn’t completely accurate. There are other roads and other roles women play to become mother.

The act of caring. The act of doing. Laundering. Ferrying. Carrying. Remembering. Reminding. Feeding. Bathing. Nursing.

Yes, but littles don’t even notice when we do these things. Maybe if we don’t.

Is it the arts and crafts, then? The activities? The culturally enriching experiences?

Our tremendous aplomb at managing the tightrope of work and home life? Or the cutting-edge at-home preschool curriculum we’ve essentially created to validate our exit from the working world?

Motherhood, at its core, is this.

Jennifer Butler Basile Jennifer Butler Basile

The gentle, yet firm embrace of a mother’s arms around her child. The child, no matter the age, wrapped…

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Nov. 5 – Meet RI Author Bob Sendling

I really like what Bob has to say. And I’m so glad I’m getting to know so many cool ARIA authors. Here’s to counting cows …

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Sendling BobCompassion

There are lines of perception that flow freely through the meditative mind which need space to expand and be fully realized. I had a social discussion recently that confused me. I sat up most of the night trying to understand…here are my thoughts:

Someone was saying that there are so many poor people who take advantage of “the kindness of strangers.” Actually, the statement was not nearly that gentle. The assumption is that most of the people on welfare or government assistance of any type are just ripping off the hard-working taxpayers. You know the stuff…free cell phones, free food, subsidized rent, free medical care.

As I heard these words, I found myself tuning out of the conversational flow. I thought of the pygmy tribes in Africa who cannot get medicine because the government considers them ‘sub-human’ and will not ‘waste’ medicine on them. I read of a kind…

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November 4 – Meet Rhode Island Author Kelly Kittel!

If Rhode Island author Kelly Kittel's book Breathe is anything like her blog post, get ready for a powerful ride. My interest is certainly piqued. If yours is too, visit her on Saturday December 5th at the ARIA Book Expo. Here's to life, loss, and the pull of gravity ... http://marthareynoldswrites.com/2015/11/04/nov-4-meet-ri-author-kelly-kittel/