Over the years, various media outlets have featured my work, including popular Maltese television shows Lehen Malti and Malta u Lil Hinn Minnha. And in this era of ZOOM, I've appeared on several live, interactive programs, Il-Maltin Tagħna and Life is a Book among them.
Multiple Toronto radio stations have promoted my efforts to raise money for Conquer Covid-19 charities by donating proceeds from book sales. Farsi radio series, Namaashoum, showcases contemporary Canadian poets and broadcast my poem, the Flying Habits of Butterflies, in both Farsi and English.
Local and international print publications have highlighted my journey from journalism student to published author, including Shelf Unbound, the Coffee Pot Book Club, Bradford Today, the Times of Malta, Atelier, In-Nazzjon, KullĦadd, and the Malta Independent.
Il-Maltin Tagħna - Our Maltese
Launched by the Maltese Center of New York, this live, weekly ZOOM series illuminates members of the Maltese community. Host and moderator Carmen Debono chats with guests about their experiences, accomplishments, and Maltese roots. The interactive virtual event ends with an audience Q & A. On December 13, 2020, I had the tremendous honour of appearing for a full hour of lively discussion.
Malta u Lil Hinn Minnha - Malta and Beyond
Malta u Lil Hinn Minnha is an award-winning weekly program that airs on TVM
(Malta’s national television station) and showcases Maltese culture, history, agriculture, attractions, cooking, and art, in addition to featuring spectacular travel destinations. The show also highlights the achievements of Maltese emigrants across the world, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, and South America.
Humber College: Alumni Success Stories
Following the July 2020 release of Falcon's Shadow, my beloved alma mater Humber College asked me what it's like to promote a novel during a pandemic. Not a question I ever thought I'd be asked.
Lehen Malti - Maltese Voice
Over the past five decades, Lehen Malti has provided the Maltese-Canadian community with a weekly, magazine-style program produced, directed, and broadcast by volunteers. Lehen Malti brings news from Malta to viewers across Canada and promotes local Maltese events and talent.
In late 2019, one of Lehen Malti's most beloved contributors passed away. All who had the privilege to know Albert E Vella, a pillar of the Maltese-Canadian community, miss him sorely.
I am very grateful to have known him and honoured to have been interviewed twice by him.
Albert invited me to appear on the show before my first novel was even published.
“Maybe by interviewing the young woman writing the big book about the Great Siege of Malta, we can get you some attention from publishers,” he said.
And so he did.
Albert’s generous support, warm encouragement, and insightful guidance helped me to find a home for Eight Pointed Cross.
He was a wonderful man with a big heart.
I will never forget his kindness.
1942 – 2019
Here is my 2012 interview with him:
Every Monday from 7 to 9 pm (EST), Namaashoum broadcasts a Farsi radio program, which includes Contemporary Canadian Poets at 8 pm. On November 30, 2020, the producers featured my poem, the Flying Habits of Butterflies, read in Farsi by program producer Mansour Noorbakhsh and in English by yours truly.
The August/September 2020 issue of Shelf Unbound, a book review magazine that features the best of small press, devoted its latest issue to historical fiction, giving me the opportunity to discuss the genre's importance in today's climate. I also shared highlights from my writing journey—from a crush on Keanu Reeves to heatstroke on the ramparts of a Maltese fortress. Check out the full article
A conversation with Mary Anne Yarde, award-winning author and founder of The Coffee Pot Book Club. In a June 2020 article, we discuss characters, settings, history, writer's block, travel, and what sets my books apart from others in the genre. We also chat about my dog, one of my favourite topics. Click here for the full article
“The sanctuary of art and the rhythm of life contained within it beckon us, now more than ever.”
Atelier is a quarterly lifestyle magazine which showcases art, photography, fashion, interior design, and architecture, from both local and international points of view. Explore a Literary Escape in the Time of Covid-19 in the August 15 issue.
In summer 2020, Net News ran a Maltese-language feature about Falcon's Shadow reaching number one on Amazon's Bestseller List: Suċċess għal awtriċi Maltija – il-ktieb tagħha meqjus bħala bestseller If you can read Maltese (or would like to try!) check out the online version of the In-Nazzjon article.
Turn back the Pages: An English-language summer 2020 feature in the Times of Malta
An April 2020 interview with Maltese-language magazine KullĦadd (which means both "Every Sunday" and "Everyone")
Combatant Magazine, May 2013
During my 2012 visit to the island, I had the pleasure of discussing my novel with journalist and entrepreneur Jo Caruana for a Times of Malta article, Penning a tale of patriotism.During that same trip, BDL Books arranged a book-signing in the capital city, Valletta. The Malta Independent ran a story to announce the event.
I also had the privilege of sharing how my Siege of Malta series came about and how Humber helped me accomplish my objective in this interview with the Humber School for Writers (HSW) Media and Creative Arts News.
Following Humber College, I attended Athabasca University, where I graduated with a degree in Communications. In July 2020, the Alumni Association asked me to contribute a guest piece to the institution's Transforming Lives, Moving Beyond blog.
It is beyond gratifying to have the support of the Maltese-Canadian Business Network Association, a volunteer-run organization connecting and celebrating Maltese-Canadian enterprises, which shone its monthly #MCBNAspotlight on me for promoting Maltese culture through the arts.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wrecking ball to small businesses around the world. Toronto-Together showcases over 200 entrepreneurs around Toronto, from artists and photographers, content creators and musicians, to bakeries and clothing shops. Thrilled to be included under the newly created Books and Editors banner.