Author Archives: Maryanne (mfantaliswrites)

A Change in Attitude

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I don’t make new year’s resolutions. To me, they are an invitation to failure. Do you ever keep yours? Do you know anyone who does? I mean, a couple of … Continue reading

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Setting: A Big Deal in Historical Fiction

One question I’ve been asked about FINDING KATE is why set the book in 1485 in England? Why the Wars of the Roses and the late middle ages? Why England at all? Shakespeare set “The Taming of the Shrew” in … Continue reading

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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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