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Where the journeys lead to stories and the stories lead to journeys. My books take place in 20th-Century Europe with focus on the stories that don't make it to the history books.
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SOUVENIRS FROM KIEV
Ukraine and Ukrainians in WWII
Release date: January 31, 2020
The HNS award-winning title story precedes five additional emotional tales based on the author's families' recounts. Beautifully interwoven with one another, you will journey with poets and artists, partisans and dissidents through the harrowing landscape of war-torn Ukraine in a journey towards salvation.
THE ROAD TO LIBERATION
Ten authors. Ten book. Ten reasons to never forget.
In this collection, six bestselling, internationally award-winning authors have woven the stories around liberation day, commemorating the 75th anniversary of WWII's end. MAGDA'S MARK debuts in this special collection.
Professor Julius Lester
"History is not just facts and events. History is also a pain in the heart. And we repeat history until we are able to make another's pain in the heart our own.”
IPPY BOOK AWARD 2020 SILVER MEDAL WINNER*
“I am stunned by the sad beauty. I feel like I've gotten a present. That's how I feel after reading a really brilliant book or story.” – Marina Osipova, How Dare the Birds Sing
Kiev. 1942. Larissa is a renowned embroiderer, surviving in occupied Ukraine as a seamstress in her ruin of a workshop. When an SS officer arrives to order a traditionally embroidered Ukrainian shirt, Larissa uses the opportunity to create a piece of art from her handiwork. Threading together the history and the horrors between the two enemies, she finds a way to express her defiance toward the Nazis and the local collaborators. But at what price?
Prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey behind the Second World War’s eastern front. Six short stories, based on the author’s family's true accounts, will put you alongside painters and poets, partisans and dissidents, as they navigate through Ukraine’s war-torn landscape on a harrowing escape from tyranny.
Souvenirs from Kiev was awarded 2nd Place in the 2014 HNS International Short Story Award. The collection won the silver medal for military and wartime fiction in the IPPY Book Awards 2020.
Behind the Words
My focus is on historical fiction with a special interest in how my characters develop under great duress, in conflict, and whether it's going to be the good, the bad or the ugly that comes out of them. Writing strong women characters gives me a real kick, as does exploring cultural clashes, languages, and relationships.
When I am not working on my projects, I buzz around the area as a business communications trainer, consultant, and coach with my own training pool.
I am always looking for ways to broaden my horizons and help others, too. I enjoy connecting with people and challenging myself and others to look from different perspectives.
When I rest on my laurels, it's to spend quality time with my family, our friends, our dog, our cat, and our garden. To bring me back to the real world, I love cooking up a storm and sharing in the pleasures of good food and good company. That, mountain hikes, and the sea are fodder for my soul and creativity.
What are you reading? What do you think of my books? Reach out and ask me anything about my writing or my stories. I look forward to engaging with you!