Date Published: 3/5/2013
They say that when a student is ready, a teacher appears.
What they don’t say is where to register, and how to matriculate in that teacher’s class.
That is a divine gift.
Veronica had it all: the looks, the brains, the personality and the wardrobe. Not to mention a perfect husband, a fabulous career and two adorable children, until the perfect husband leaves her for another woman.
Thus begin the daily routines of a typical
immigrant with ambition whose teachers keep
appearing, and for whom divine interventions keep affording new opportunities.
The new American Dream. Though it starts like ordinary connections going
through the tried and true, each relationship continues to delve into parts of
her own universe that Veronica didn’t know existed. A universe that is suddenly
open to her. New
It’s lovely when a brilliant virgin of meager means and a heart of gold meets a brooding billionaire whom only her love can tame… and they wed, have children and live happily ever after. But what about the other eight or so billion people on earth?
What if you are thirty-five, and not ready for a retirement community? What if marriage and hearth aren’t your cup of tea – even with the perfect man? What if there is more than one man – why do you have to choose? What if motherhood wasn’t your only self-definition? What if the kindest, brightest and wealthiest people that extended an invitation to join their world – would you take it – despite their many eccentricities? Why do you have to stop being one thing, in order to become another?
What happens when you reach the glass ceiling? How do you get to fly in the open sky?
It’s a matter of knowing that you can…
And you can…
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
No. I see Writing as a means of telling a story. I’m a story-teller. Always have been. I’m privileged enough to be able to do it, and grateful that there are people who enjoy hearing the stories I tell.
#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Actually sitting down and Writing…LOL. The characters kept talking, and the movie and scenes kept playing in my head. The story got written while I was sitting in the car waiting for my daughter to finish dance class, and while I waited in Court to be assigned to a Judge for Trial and at night because the characters wouldn’t stop talking!
#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
Because everything I write is based on the REAL world around me… everyone and everything inspired me. My husband joked that he was working on “the next book” every time he planned a trip for us. My friends (beta readers) discussed, gossiped and argued about Veronica’s life as it was progressing. Although the characters are fictional, they are absolutely based on real people. Those “similarities” are entirely intended (and permission was sought and granted from each of the INCREDIBLE characters in my life.
#4 – What is next for your writing?
Well, there are FIVE books in the LAYERS series. They all need TLC to find their way to those whom Veronica inspires. So the chiseling, editing and fine-tuning the LAYERS series is on the agenda.
There is another series that is trying, desperately, to get out of my head. The ORDER of ALEXANDRA. It’s a trilogy about a forty-year-old heroine who is enjoying ALL of the wonders and complexities of life, family, children, sex and money. I’m not a fan of windfalls and lottery wins. Instead, I ADORE entrepreneurial behavior. Women, in general, hesitate to educate themselves and partake in entrepreneurial behavior. Those that do are an exception, rather than the norm. I’d love to inspire the exception…
#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I do have an addiction to reading. LOL. I am an admitted bibliophile, too. But it is always about the story with me. The deeper, the better. I am following the Blogs’ recommendations in the Women’s Contemporary section. I also like the Business, Marketing and Inspirational sections. In fact, I prefer them all being blended into one. I LIKE my heroes/ heroines to be able to bake a soufflé, treat the kids for the lice infestation, deep-throat and swallow, change a tire, manage her own portfolio and invests in Designer shoes for comfort. There I said it!
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Basic Fairytale of a Divorcee who Sees the Signs, Takes the Opportunities and Enjoys Sex with A LOT of different Princes – all of whom are Very Charming.
This or That?
#1 - iPd or Mp3?
I’m an Apple Girl. iPhone with personalized ringtones, and many distinct playlists.
#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?
Why Choose? My favorite flavor is called Cherry Mania. I discovered it in Slovenia: It’s Vanilla Ice cream with black Cherries and pieces of Dark Chocolate Wafers. Yeah…. Ahm, what was the question again?
#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
Crispy French fries… with truffles and pecorino Cheese.
#4 – Comedy or Drama?
Comedy. DEFINITELY. Just not the slap-stick kind. If you don’t see the humor and irony in every situation, you’re missing the Drama. It’s all comedy to me!
#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
Danielle Steel. I’ll give you that Sparks is a “better” writer… but Steel’s stories are incredible. She has the absolute ability to create the world and the characters.
#6 – Fantasy or Reality?
Reality. I find Life has every element of every world ever created… with just as many fantastic characters, places and situation as any made up world. I’m blessed to be able to see situations (everyday) that make Soap Operas and Talk Show “titles” seem like child’s play.
#7 – Call or Text?
Text, actually. Calls are too restrictive. You need to contemplate purpose of the call, state it succinctly, receive a response and then conclude the call. Texting… on the other hand… is not time restrictive. Most people actually think before forming a question or responding. I love it.
#8 – Public School or Home School?
Where do I begin. I’m not a fan of Public Schooling… for several reasons. I hate that the curricula is chosen for a mass populace. Therefore it is incapable of actually teaching. It’s also based on an outdated system that is no longer in place. Home Schooling is appropriate in some situations… but not in a majority. Group education has a social component that is necessary. Humans need to relate to other humans. But either way, they shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. Home Schooling should continue after Public Schooling is done for the Day.
#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate
Coffee. Real, un-fortified, Organic, Black, properly pressed, aromatic coffee. The kind that you could smell from a room a way, that you can taste with each sip (not gulp), that wakes you up after half a cup and that you could remember for an hour or two after you’re done. (Therefore, this precludes the stuff that we pour into Venti or Trenti cups with fake cream and fake sugar.) Apparently I feel strongly about this… LOL.
#10 – eBook or Paperback?
(Wow, this is tough. You’re talking to a girl who saved for two years to purchase Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary – Original). eBooks. It’s a matter of time and the world we live in. eBooks are just more convenient. They are more accessible and they are pleasurable. You can refer to them, copy and paste, if need be, to quote. There is nothing offered by a paperback, that an eBook doesn’t deliver. I would get a “book” for sentimental purposes, or to keep on a nightstand for inspiration or decor. I have several “Coffee Table” type books on my nightstand. But for actually “reading” – eBook. For sure.
Emilia I. Rutigliano scored fiftieth percentile on her SATs... and on her LSATs... and on her BAR...Sigh...
But she nevertheless survived, and seems to be doing OK. She practices Law read lore) in
(read Nu Yawk). She was born in the former Brooklyn, New
York Soviet Union, and emigrated in 1979. She is happily
married to the same crazy Italian she's been with since college, who suffers
from a severe addition to travel (still in acute form). Together they are doing
a somewhat passable job with their three precious darlings (who are now
teenagers, thus elaboration is not necessary).
Which is why Emilia writes about Veronica. Veronica, though... is interesting. And Emilia knows interesting.
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