I have been writing for large and varied audiences since I was a young adult. It started with plays, poetry, and short fiction. And much early journalling.
In the past two decades, I have published across the spectrum: professional writing, non-fiction, legal, Op-Ed, travel, poetry, and more. I freelance write creative content for businesses and blogs based in the U.S. and Italy. I also translate Spanish, French, and Italian into English.
My recent professional writing in Italy includes culture and lifestyle pieces for Santamargherita, a luxury interiors company in Verona; my articles for them can be found under my byline page, https://usa.santamargherita.net/sm-blog/. In autumn 2018, I have written professionally for diverse American clients including ActiveNetwork, Avocados From Mexico, and Texas Farm Bureau Insurance. I had a particularly amusing time penning this Summer 2019 piece for TFBI.
OpEd pieces I’ve penned include immigration advocacy, such as a column I wrote in 2011, “Fighting in Libya Affects Students in Oklahoma,” which was picked up by the Tulsa World, the Norman Transcript, and the Daily Oklahoman. I also wrote a regular immigration column for LexisNexis titled “Consider the Campus,” which covered topics of U.S. immigration that impacted higher education – as an example, see “The DREAM Act: A Campus Perspective.” In 2011-2012, I was a regular panelist on radio for “World Views” on KGOU (an NPR affiliate) hosted by Dr. Zach Messitte, Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
I wrote for Where: Seattle magazine, a luxury travel publication franchise, in the late nineties. More recently, I freelanced for Demand Media Studios (now Leaf Group) on topics ranging from daytripping on the isle of Capri in Italy to guidance for U.S. lawful permanent residents traveling to the Virgin Islands, and contributed a chapter on immigration in Italy to Buongiorno Arezzo!, a publication of the University of Oklahoma press.
I have two novels in draft, and am actively working on a third. The first novel, The Irish Pilgrim, is set in fifteenth-century Europe, following the adventures of an educated woman well ahead of her time after she leaves Ireland and the tumult of Tudor England, making her way through Spain to the Benedictine monastery at Bobbio, Italy, founded by St. Columba in the eight century. This novel was basically my excuse to write the European places close to my heart, and to which I longed to return when we were still living in the U.S.
The second draft novel is titled The Kommandant’s Palazzo and takes place in German-occupied Florence during World War II. The protagonists are assimilated Jews who live by their wits to not only survive but thrive in the threatening environment. We currently occupy an entire floor of an historic palazzo that is said to have sheltered Italian Jews during the war. The Palazzo Wilson-Gattai was the inspiration for this idea.
I am currently on my third go at long fiction, Control Versus Love, a contemporaneous account of a woman’s exploration of a tangled relationship, and the mazes of the heart.