From the very first, and no matter what the over topic of my fiction and poetry, it is all about what I know–from the inside out–and a lot of what I know comes from my Italian American Heritage.
This is the month we celebrate that heritage (and some other heritages as well, I know, but I am focusing on mine in this email.
So, I invite you to look at strong Italian American women in American history in my Legacy of Honor series–
Giulia Goes to War
Letters from Korea
A Bowl of Rice
Secrets of the Heart
Last book in Legacy of Honor Series
And to take a look at my picture books–
Whoosh! (father daughter sled day)
Picture Book by Joan Leotta
and the newest, Summer in a Bowl which celebrates gardening with my Aunt
and cooking with her–her recipe is included in the book!
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More one word prompts on the theme of gardens! Have you thought about setting an extra challenge to yourself? Perhaps writing in couplets?
The book is coning along. As I write the prompt words I picture little Rosa with her Aunt in the Garden behind her Aunt’s house. In the early 1950s many Italian Americans devoted their entire back yards to garden space. No wide expanse of lawn for them. Every inch was taken up with
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Travel is a great inspiration for writing but ideas for great poems, essays, and stories do not always come immediately. Yes, I wrote the signature story for Simply a Smile (to be released this month by Cane Hollow Press) in one night after seeing the Chinese Soldier exhibit at the High Gallery. But, consider my latest published essay–Two Cups of Coffee–in Easter Iowa review’s current issue. That story is about an incident that happened forty years ago. I do have a notebook full of ideas and my trip journal to help me move the muse along about my May trip to Turkey with my daughter, but so far all I have written on that trip–for publication–is an article on food.
Sometimes a travel location becomes a site for action in a book that is not related so much to the place as to the characters and plot. My also-this month release, Secretes of the Heart features Ft Fisher in Wilmington NC (a great place to visit) and my beloved Rome. Our family spent Christmas there this past year and I double checked all of the places where my characters would walk, eat, etc while we roamed Rome.
Last book in Legacy of Honor Series
Packing a suitcase has been a writing inspiration for me since childhood when I would take trips with my Grandmother and of course, every family vacation. I keep notes, take pictures, and purchase silly little souvenirs–all become mnemonic devices for the creation of word-built works at a later date. So, don;t worry if you feel overwhelmed by the beauty and excitement of your latest trip. The writing side of the trip may not happen for a while–but if you are a lover of words, you will begin to find the source of tales in the stories you tell about the good time you had.
Travel is wonderful–for the soul and for the pen
Collection of short stories by Joan Leotta
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