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Good News to Share

Cover of my book, Secrets of the Heart has won another contest–This time Ind’Tales voters selected it as book of the week.
Of course, all credit goes to the artist–Gwen Phifer.
This time the win is for more than bragging rights.
We get a quarter page ad!
Gwen is designing it as I write. Thank you , Desert Breeze for assigning such an awesome artist to my books! Yes, wonderful Gwen did all four of my covers. Not only is she an excellent artist–she also really strives to bring out the meaning of the book and is a joy to work with.
Here are all four of the books:
SecretsoftheHeartCoverArt

This one, the second in the series, has my mother on the cover! Gwen’s adpatation of a photo of her, that is!
LettersFromKoreaCoverArt

GiuliaGoestoWarCoverArt 2

Traveling Tales

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

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

Collection of short stories by Joan Leotta

New Year, New Blog Goals

Hoping to better serve all of you by changing my goal to do just that! Will try to write a blog on the writing and performing process at least once a month. I have found blogs that discuss the creative process for a particular piece to be helpful and will apply that here in IMG_3029the hope that what I do may encourage you. These will happen around the third week of the month. I hope that like the picture of a hidden corner in an alley in Rome, these pieces will offer a platform for delving into your own hidden, unexplored creative corners.

At least once a month, starting in February, I will host someone , again on teh creative process, who will provide a different perspective.

Whenever, I find them, I will post market opportunities and or performance and writing links that I have found useful to share them with all of you!

May 2015 be healthy and full of work satisfaction for all of us!

Joan