Author Archives: Maryanne (mfantaliswrites)

Folding Back to the Beginning

Have you ever made a puff pastry? I did, once, with my dad, a wonderful amateur chef who taught me everything I know about cooking. To make a puff pastry, you start by making this dough, rolling it out very … Continue reading

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Beginnings, Again

Oh no, she’s not really going to complain about beginnings again, is she? Oh yes, she is. Last time, writing FINDING KATE, I stressed about the beginning because Kate is, at the outset, perceived by people as a shrew. She’s abrasive, … Continue reading

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Alt-Hamlet

I am very excited for the new version of Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express,” due out in November. The movie, with a cast of notable names, is directed by Kenneth Branagh and he also stars as the famous detective … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal and Pre-Order Giveaway for Em Shotwell’s “Forget Me Not”

Fellow City Owl Press author Em Shotwell writes southern romance with a touch of magic and lots of heart. Her new novella, “Forget Me Not,” is a prequel to her first book, BLACKBIRD SUMMER, and it is set in 1969, … Continue reading

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Am I like Kate? Is she like me?

During an interview for FINDING KATE, I was asked whether I felt a kinship with Kate. Had I drawn on my own experience in writing the novel? That’s a tough question for me to answer. In some ways, I struggled with writing … Continue reading

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Memory Is Fickle

Today, as she handed me a copy of my novel to sign, a friend asked me how long this has been my dream. (Can I just take a moment to bask in that last sentence? A friend asked me to sign … Continue reading

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Today’s The Day!

April 11, 2017. Release day for FINDING KATE! I’ve been waiting for this day for literally my whole life (and, yes, by literally I mean literally). Other than going to England, publishing a book is the only thing I’ve ever wanted so … Continue reading

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One Week…

There’s a lot going on right now… In seven days, my book will be out in the world. I’m setting up my author pages on Goodreads and Amazon — you know, like a real author — and getting posters made … Continue reading

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Victoria On Masterpiece

The PBS.org description for the season finale of “Victoria” reads: “On the verge of delivering her first child, Victoria spurns advice.” And I thought, “Seriously, ‘Victoria spurns advice’ could describe every one of these episodes.” There’s no doubt that the … Continue reading

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Writer’s Block? Who, Me?

I’ve always been proud to say I don’t get writer’s block. Believe me, I have plenty of petty work-avoidance techniques that enable me to say that. But until recently, I haven’t been writing. At all. First, there was the craziness … Continue reading

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