Barbara Armentano has self-published her children’s book, The Masked Banana and Wally. It is a delightful story of a “bunch” of characters that Barbara originally wrote with her son years ago. She has given him due credit for the story, but the words and images in this picture book are all Barbara’s as she tells a funny and inspiring story that begs for one, if not more, sequels. Barbara is already started on more tales of the “bunch.”Read More
Loretta (we know her as Lori) Vandivier Rea has published her book, Ghosts of the Connecticut River through Trafford Publishing. It’s a great collection of stories of strange happenings on the river!
Lori’s 10 year old grandson took the photograph of the Rocky Hill/Glastonbury ferry landing that was chosen for the cover.
Sharon Hackleman self-published her first children’s book, Marion the Magnet’s First Mission, to teach kids about the law of attraction with her character’s “Easy as 1-2-3, Think it to be!” lesson. Sharon thanked Susan in the introduction of the book “for being the best writing coach in the universe!” Visit Sharon’s author’s page.Read More
Jay R. Worsham is the author of Florida Freeze: A Rick Fortune Adventure, a preposterously funny spy thriller set in South Florida. After Susan helped Jay as a writing coach with this novel, he self-published it as well a second Rick Fortune adventure, Florida Green. Jay has self-published several other books including Blood Red Ruby and The Wall of Forgetfulness. Check out Jay’s author page.Read More
In memory of their mother, Josephine Siembor Omilian, Susan and her siblings self-published a booklet about their mother’s World War II service. Her brother Frank wrote and researched the fifteen-page piece while Susan worked on layout and production design. The booklet was given to Josephine’s family as a gift in December 2005.
Here’s what Frank wrote as an introduction to the booklet:
I knew the short story of my mother signing the bomber from things she had told us about it over the years and from the other photos in her album from that day. A few more details surfaced in the months before her death, at 84, in December, 2003, because two of her nieces had asked her questions about the war and her war job. She promised them copies of the bomber photo, pulled the negative from her well-organized files and had me make copies of the picture for her to pass around the family. The day before she died, she handed me the remaining six copies of the photo and a list of who they were for. It was left to me to finish the job and to tell the story.
This is a great example of how a family can work together
on a memory piece.
Susan has self-published two books of essays written by the students in the From Memory to Memoir writing classes she teaches at the Town of Manchester, Connecticut Senior Center. They include The Way We Were: A Collection of Memories, published in April 2008 and We Were There: A Collection of Memories of Historic Moments in September 2009.Read More