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     Hello and welcome! I am a novelist, speaker, poet, and writing teacher. My latest novel is the award-winning young-adult historical, Playing by Heart (Vinspire Publishing), inspired by two amazing sisters who lived in 18th-century Milan. Learn more about the novel, read review excerpts, and download book group discussion questions on this page. TEACHERS: download a FREE Teacher's Guide containing book-related student activities and discussion questions for Playing by Heart here


     Playing by Heart is available in paperback and ebook. Find it at your favorite independent bookseller here or online through links on the publisher's website.


     Playing by Heart has won numerous awards. For a complete list, see the right sidebar on this page.

     My first novel, Rosa, Sola, was a Booklist "Top Ten First Novel for Youth." The story was loosely based on events from my own childhood growing up in an Italian immigrant family. To learn more about Rosa, Sola and read review excerpts, see this page.