Author Archives: Maryanne (mfantaliswrites)

Taking Flight

“Oh, and when the kids are old enough We’re gonna teach them to fly…”                                                   Dave … Continue reading

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Why So Angry?

We were sitting at a red light on Long Island about a week ago during our annual trek back East to visit family and friends (so don’t call it a vacation). We were in the left lane, going straight, and … Continue reading

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Review: Everything But the Earl by Willa Ramsey

I have called this book delightful, charming, and smart. It is all of these and more. I apologize in advance for how long this review is, but I feel very strongly about this book. Here (at last) is my full … Continue reading

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Becoming a grown up…for real

This morning, I was watching the New York Yankees’ Old Timers’ Day celebration on TV with my husband. At one point, the camera focused on the announcers in the booth in such a way that you could see the floor … Continue reading

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My New Wish List

When I was young, I only wanted two things: to publish a novel, and to travel to Britain. In 1996, my husband and I took a ten-day trip to London, York, and Edinburgh. It was everything I had hoped for. … Continue reading

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Changing My Relationship to A Wrinkle in Time

The film version of A Wrinkle in Time is coming to theaters soon. March 9. Every time I see the trailer, I get teary-eyed. I get chills. The emotions I feel, seeing my favorite novel from my childhood — indeed, … Continue reading

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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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