Author Archives: viola62

About viola62

I am a teacher by day and a writer by night. I live in New Orleans with my loving husband and write historical fiction, mysteries, and contemporary romance. New Orleans is frequently a character in the book, but I also traverse continents in my quest to bring my characters to life.

Spring, Festivals, and the New Normal:

Spring, Festivals, and the New Normal: My husband and I love our Louisiana festivals. COVID robbed us of our festival-going for two years, and we hailed the return of Jazz Fest, Bayou Boogaloo, and Greek Fest. We munched on Louisiana … Continue reading

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Sunday was Mother’s Day. I always think about my mother on Mother’s Day, but this year is especially poignant. Since my mother’s death, my husband and I have rented her house. We have made changes and/or renovated after each tenant … Continue reading

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What Makes a Hero?

What Makes a Hero?  In romance, we use the word “hero” loosely. Often, the hero is the swashbuckling, handsome man who sweeps the damsel off her feet and leads her into a life of “happily ever after.” Most of these … Continue reading

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Standing Up to Bullies

Standing Up to Bullies: The news has been bleak of late. Daily we are bombarded with images of bombed Ukrainian cities and of civilian casualties. It is hard to imagine what the people in that besieged country are enduring. The … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day and True Love

Valentine’s Day and True Love:  Many legends exist about St. Valentine. He is historically based, but various accounts place the man known as Valentine in different places. Some narratives label him a priest and physician who the Emperor Claudius martyred … Continue reading

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Crazy Times

Crazy Times: I’ve read a great number of posts in blogs and social media outlets discussing New Year’s resolutions. Many of us have expressed dismay with even making resolutions for this year; however, I’ve decided to make “goals” instead of … Continue reading

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Grateful for my Fellow Soulies:             In this season of Thanksgiving, I wanted to acknowledge all for which I’m thankful. Of course, I’m grateful for my husband and all the amazing people in my life. During this pandemic, we have all … Continue reading

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Home: Ever Elusive

Home—Ever Elusive:             The dictionary defines home as “the place where one lives permanently, especially as one lives in a household or family.”  This definition appears very straightforward; however, the concept is often multi-nuanced and filled with longing. When I was almost twelve-years-old, my … Continue reading

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Hurricanes, COVID, Manuscripts, Clapton, and the Saints:

Hurricanes, COVID, Manuscripts, Clapton, and the Saints: Life along the Gulf Coast has been challenging these days—to say the least. Like the rest of the world, we have struggled with the pandemic. As a teacher, I have experienced the complexities … Continue reading

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No More Secrets: A Review

As a reader, certain books speak to me. I usually identify with women who follow their dreams even as they face adversity and often must sacrifice love to obtain those dreams. Angelica Defino, the main character of No More Secrets by my … Continue reading

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