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     Hello and welcome! I am an author, poet, and writing teacher. My most recent publications are two mathematical poems in the STEM issue of Tyger Tyger Magazine and two poems in the Christmas-Winter 2024 edition of Parables: Catholic Stories for Children. You can read more about these poems and my other published poetry in the Poetry section of my published works page.

     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 a Teacher's Guide or book group discussion questions 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.

     I'm also one of six TeachingAuthors who blog regularly about writing and teaching writing. Visit the TeachingAuthors site to read our posts.