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Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of discussing my work on popular Maltese television shows, including multiple appearances on Lehen Malti and Malta U lil hinn minnha. Local and international publications have also featured my journey from journalism student to published author.

The Maltese Canadian Business Network Association shined its beautiful #MCBNAspotlight on me for my promotion of Maltese culture through the arts.

The Coffee Pot Book Club awarded both my first and second novels with its Five Star Coffee Pot Book Club badge, accompanied by a stellar editorial review.

I’ve also had the honour of a shout-out from Claire Agius Ordway, one of Malta’s most loved TV personalities, in a Malta Today lifestyle Q and A.

 

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Malta u lil hinn minnha

Malta u lil hinn minnha (Malta and Beyond) 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.

Lehen Malti

Over the past five decades, Lehen Malti (Maltese Voice) 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:

Print Features

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

Shelf Unbound CoverA 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

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A feature by Jackie Kozak in Bradford Today about my novels, the inspiration behind them, and my efforts to raise money for Conquer Covid-19 charities. Article here

“The sanctuary of art and the rhythm of life contained within it beckon us, now more than ever.”

Freelance writer and blogger Ramona Portelli and I talk books, inspiration, challenges, and publishing, as well as writing quirks and childhood memories. Check out the full article

Interview with Ramona

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.

Maltese newspaper article

An English-language August 2020 piece in The Malta Independent about Eight Pointed Cross and Falcon’s Shadow occupying number one and two spots on Amazon’s bestseller list at the same time.

Malta Independent Article

Turn back the pages: An English-language summer 2020 feature in the Times of MaltaTimes of Malta

An April 2020 interview with Maltese-language magazine KullĦadd (which means both “Every Sunday” and “Everyone”)Featured on KullĦadd interview

Featured on KullĦadd articleCombatant Magazine, May 2013

Combatant Magazine

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.Times of MaltaDuring that same trip, BDL Books arranged a book-signing in the capital city, Valletta. The Malta Independent ran a story to announce the event.Book Signing Banner

Alma Mater

In late 2011, Humber EtCetera, the paper I had written for as a student of Humber College’s Journalism program, called me up to chat about my first novel, Eight Pointed Cross.

Humber Article

In July 2020, Humber College Advancement and Alumni featured my efforts to raise money for Conquer Covid-19 charities. Full article available here.

Humber College article

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.

Humber School for Writers 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.

Athabasca University article

Mentions

Fresh Mornings with Matt and Tara on 93.1 in Barrie, Ontario shouted out Eight Pointed Cross for reaching number one on Amazon’s Bestseller List.

Television host Claire holding a copy of Eight Pointed Cross

Producer and much-loved host of Ilsien in-nisa, Dak li Jghodd, and Travel and Taste, Claire Agius Ordway referenced my novel when featured in Malta Today.

Check out Claire’s interview