Local Authors Publish Works For Adults, Children
Drama, suspense, romance, and of course, revenge. That’s what you’ll find in “Revenge,” the first published work by Pennsauken author Paula Rose.
After her brother’s death, Olivia Foster becomes a life coach, dedicated to helping others. When a client goes missing, Olivia becomes a suspect. It’s up to Lt. Phillip Landon, a police officer undergoing a crisis of faith, to clear her name and keep her safe from a mysterious man watching Foster’s every move.
The book is being published by Anaiah Press, a Christian digital-first publishing house that focuses on faith-based fiction and nonfiction works, but the story isn’t heavy-handed in that aspect. “I think if you like suspense, I think you’re going to like this book,” says Rose. “There’s romance as well, but the suspense is really strong.”
“Revenge” is a book over a decade in the making, as Rose was inspired by a photo she saw over a decade ago. “It wasn’t a smooth writing process,” explains Rose. “I do a sketch, then go back to fill in the blanks.” The story also took its own direction as she wrote, which required some additional revisions to her draft.
Rose has been an aspiring author for over 20 years. She credits her husband and “first editor,” Paul, for inspiring and encouraging her.
“She loves to write. It’s very therapeutic to her,” says Paul. “And I love to read her work.”
“Revenge” will be available as an eBook at Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and AnaiahPress.com, beginning on Dec. 16. If sales go well, the book will be printed as a paperback.
“I’ve got several books in the works and we’re already talking about a sequel,” says Rose. “I’ve got a lot of stories to tell.”
Merchantville Author Publishes Picture Book For Children
Award-winning children’s author and Merchantville resident Mary Ann Diorio draws on her experience as a mother, grandmother and teacher to tackle tough questions in a heartwarming way in her new children’s book, “Who is Jesus?”
The picture book, illustrated by award-winning illustrator Kim Sponaugle, helps tackle questions from children that can be “particularly challenging to answer,” according to Diorio.
Diorio earned her doctorate of philosophy in French from the University of Kansas and her Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction with a concentration in Writing for Children from Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pa. She is a diplomate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and has taught writing at Rowan University and Regent University. Her stories for children have appeared in numerous magazines. “Who is Jesus?” is her most recent work.
“Who is Jesus?” is a 48-page picture book, available in hard cover for $19.95, soft cover for $14.95, and Kindle for $9.95 through Amazon or at www.maryanndiorio.com/bookstore.