Join Me for Lively Literati!

Join me on Thursday December 17th as I read with two fellow Rhode Island authors at Lively Literati at The Elephant Room, 2170 Broad Street in Cranston. The fun starts at 6:30.

Lively Literati is a monthly event at The Elephant Room, and this month we are celebrating Memoir. I will be joined by Connie Ross Ciampanelli, author of Journey to 10K – the. Of an older Novice Runner, and Deborah Tillinghast, author of the Ferry Home, which is about one of my favorite places in the world, Prudence Island.

Stop in for a snack and a drink and take a listen. There’ll be books on sale and an open mike for anyone who wants to share poetry, essays, stories, limericks, you name it.

Hope to see you there.

Nov 14 – Meet Rhode Island Author Kevin Mulhern

It’s comforting to know that in this world full chaos and evil there are bright spots. People who want to see children grow to be strong and confident. Take a look at Kevin Mulhern’s work with his children’s book Cody the Cloud, and if you like what you see come visit him and other Rhode Island authors at theARIA Book Expo on December 5th at the Lincoln Mall.

Nov 14 – Meet RI Author Kevin Mulhern

Nov 11- Meet Rhode Island Author Paul Caranci

If you are interested in Rhode Island history, you may have already come across the work of Paul Caranci.  If not, this post by Paul may inspire you to learn more about the author and the topic. He will be at the ARIA 3rd Annual ARIA Book Expo on December 5th.  Stop by and meet him to learn even more about this beautiful, strange state that many of us live in.

Nov. 11 – Meet RI Author Paul F. Caranci

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.

Martha Reynolds Writes

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!

Martha Reynolds Writes

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.

Martha Reynolds Writes

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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