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Golden Apples: A Poetic Journey of Self-Discovery and Family Secrets in Southern Italy. Beth is a creative, contemplative soul, and a loving mom. She is at a crossroads in the marriage, and without a clear sense of her gifts and inherent worth. When her spirited Aunt Ro falls while turning to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Beth embarks on a journey on a journey that leads to her ancestral village in Italy. The discovery of a family secret, and a new understanding of herself.

The book has a guide with prompts for readers and book clubs to craft their own literary inspired journals and poems.

ABout the Author

Jacqueline Demeri has a diverse background in education, literature, workshop facilitation, herbalism, and yoga. She brings over 25-years of experience teaching ages preschool – adults. Her love of learning, and enthusiasm for sharing life-enriching information is transferred to her classes and writing projects. She is the author of Animooves: Yoga & Creativity Inspired by Animals, a Mom’s Choice Gold Honoree book.

Virtual book launch party

Jackie Costello has bee a member of our network before joining the book club. Join us as she shares her inspiration behind writing the book and listen to a live book reading.

The party is scheduled October 7th @ 6-7pm.

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Get to know our featured author

What inspired you to write t o become a writer?

My love of writing began as a young girl, exchanging letters with my grandparents. My mother also appreciated folkloric tales and poetry; she recited them to me and inspired me to create my own stories, plays, and poems. In this way, I never actively decided to become a writer. Writing is something I have always done. 

Are there any authors who you admire their work?

Yes! So many authors, poets, and storytellers — I love nonfiction, too! I couldn’t even name a single favorite! With regard to inspiration for Golden Apples, I must acknowledge the work of  herbalist and author, Gail Faith Edwards. Her books and teachings weave herbal wisdom and folklore, spirituality and science, story and medicine in a soul-nourishing way that I find spellbinding!

Is there one part of the book that's a favorite of your? Why?

Writing is such a mysterious process. The characters begin to reveal their story to you as you write. I enjoyed how that unfolded and the special relationship between the protagonist and the wise and loving Zia Lilliana, whom she meets in Southern Italy. We discover so much about ourselves as we write and read, and there is an appendix in the book with a writing workshop for readers to explore and discover their creative voices. 

What advice would you give to a new author writing their first book?

I would first congratulate them — there is magic in beginnings! We all have a story to tell and never know how it might be of service to others. Honor that wish inside you.  Also, be patient with yourself and the process.

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