February 19, 2020

(Part 2 of 3)

“Ukraine was, to the Germans, first and foremost a source of food; secondly, of coal, iron and other minerals; and thirdly, of slave labour.”

– Alexander Werth

In this second part of three articles taken from the historical background of Souvenirs from Kiev,...

January 18, 2020

(Part 1 of 3)

Souvenirs from Kiev will be releasing on Jan 31, 2020. It is a collection of six stories by six distinct voices that provide a portrait of Ukraine in the second world war. This is an extract from the Historical Background in the book.

It was not until the K...

November 24, 2019

Now working on the fourth book in the series (not including the prequel), I am dealing with the events that led the Third Reich and Italy into WWII. At the end of Part 3 (Bolzano), my protagonist, Annamarie Steinhauser, the daughter of Angelo Grimani and Katharina Stei...

Food is one of my passions, a close second to writing. When penning the scenes in the Reschen Valley series, I make sure that my characters eat and drink. Namely, because it is so inherent to the cultures I cover. Regardless of how I inject the art of cuisine into...

The Italian woman must follow Italian fashion. Taste, elegance and originality have demonstrated that this initiative can and must be successful.

- Italian Fascist Party edict


Early on in my readings of the Reschen Valley series (which covers the interwar per...

August 18, 2019

Each of my novels requires anywhere from 20 to 30 books of research about the era I'm writing in. For the Reschen Valley series, I read German and English materials, and use translation engines for Italian documents. But the gold nugget for The Option (the 4th book in...

In the second of this two-part series, I'll introduce you to the top museums dedicated to depicting the historical battles of WW1 (and WW2) in the Italian Dolomites, South Tyrolean territory. In our post in June, we gave you a little bit of background about the unique...

In this two-part series, we're going to take you on a hike through the Italian Dolomites in South Tyrolean territory. In our post in July, we'll give you a list of the museums dedicated to bringing the region's war stories up close and personal. Virtual tours, movies a...

Last month, I posted the first of two parts regarding the Catholic rituals and heritage of Palm Sunday through Easter Monday. Having grown up in a Ukrainian-American household in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and then moving to Austria, I have acquired quite the multi-culti...

April 29, 2019

 This year, my husband and I celebrated Catholic Easter in Pitigliano, Italy. Our "big bash" was on Orthodox Easter a week later. I grew up with both traditions.

One of the things I have to deal with as an ex-pat and when communicating with my family is to justify all t...

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