Over the years, various media outlets have featured my creative work, including popular Maltese television shows Lehen Malti and Malta u Lil Hinn Minnha. In this era of Zoom, I've appeared on several live, interactive programs, Il-Maltin Tagħna, Ħajjitna Ktieb, KikkraTe, and A Poetic Nowruz 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 a reading of 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, the Maltese Presence in North America, Atelier, In-Nazzjon, KullĦadd, and the Malta Independent.
KikkraTe - Cup of Tea
On May 18, 2022, I had the pleasure of appearing on the Maltese talk show KikkraTe. The very gracious host, Marco Calleja, and I engaged in a wonderful discussion about history, languages, and of course, books. My interview starts at around 45:00 and is in English with some Maltese peppered in. KikkraTe is definitely my cup of tea
Ħajjitna Ktieb - Our Life is a Book
Maltese television program Ħajjitna Ktieb provides viewers with insight into an author's experiences and process, as well as a dive into their latest work. I had the privilege of chatting via Skype with wonderfully engaging host and producer John Demanuele. This broadcast airs weekly on TVM (Malta’s national television station).
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 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.
A Poetic Nowruz
In March 2021, I had the tremendous honour of reciting my poem, “Writer’s Block,” as part of a video anthology in celebration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Hosted by poet and author, Mansour Noorbakhsh, the event features talented wordsmiths from across Canada, Asia, and Europe. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to appear alongside such brilliant individuals and share a poem inspired by my own bout of writer's block.
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.
WordCity Literary Journal
Founded by exquisite Canadian Author Darcie Friesen Hossack, WordCity is a literary journal of social consciousness. It is a call to action, a rallying cry, a show of solidarity, a kinetic forum where light bounces off art and collides with words. In the latest issue, Darcie surprised me with a deeply beautiful, generous, and touching feature celebrating the completion of my Siege of Malta trilogy in WordCity's September 2022 issue. It's times like these when "thank you" seems an injustice; there are simply not enough adjectives for me to express my gratitude.
Click here for the article.
Shepherd: Discover the Best Books
Book discovery platform Shepherd asks authors to share a list of their favourite books unified by a theme, topic, or concept reflected in their own work. Shepherd's goal is to make exploring and purchasing new books an engaging, immersive experience—and more fun than buying dish soap. Check out my recommendations here: Best Historical Fiction Novels that Demonstrate the Fallout of Religious Conflict.
The Maltese Presence in North America Newsletter
What a wonderful experience collaborating with author, historian, and long-time friend, Franco Davies, on an April 2022 article about swords, books, research, and... cockroaches. Special thanks to Dan Brock for producing a monthly newsletter that connects Maltese-Canadians to their community and each other.
Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA)
Such an honour to be interviewed by the Canadian Ethnic Media Association, which upholds the principles of multiculturalism and maintains the rights of freedom of expression without ethnocentric bias.
Click here for the June 2021 interview.
Part One of my Spring 2021 interview with Il-Pont, an online literary magazine with a readership that spans Europe, Australia and North America. In this issue, we discuss my connection to Malta and the inspiration behind my novels.
In Part Two of my interview with Il-Pont, released in September 2021, I gush about fellow female Canadian authors and also share my perspective on teaching history in Ontario.
Meet the Authors
Her interviews are fun, original, creative, and tap into things few interviews do — incredible the memories her questions stirred up. I got to talk about Point Break and DJ Khalid, my dog and the Via Ferrata in Peru's Sacred Valley.
Check out our exchange here.
In an interview with Newsbook Malta, I shared my dream of having my novels adapted for the screen - big or small - and my experience drafting the script.
Click here for the article.
And here for a follow-up chat about my script, Empires of Smoke, becoming a finalist in the Toronto Lift Off Film Festival.
Elated to have made the news in Gozo (Għawdex), the Maltese island upon which the action of Eight Pointed Cross culminates. In a Letter to the Editor, I express my thanks to Consul General Dr Raymond C. Xerri for his advocacy of my novels and his support of the Maltese-Canadian artistic community.
The Maltese Presence in North America Newsletter
A profound honour to be awarded the cover and feature article of January 2021's the Maltese Presence in North America's newsletter. Many thanks to Dan Brock for not only producing such a detailed, well-researched piece but for his dedication to upholding the culture of the Maltese-Canadian community through this monthly publication.
Canadian Chamber in Italy
"Niente mi darebbe più gioia che sperimentare la forza d’animo, la resilienza e la tenacia dei maltesi sullo schermo – grande o piccolo che sia."
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."
Mill-pinna ta Ramona Portelli
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 July 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.
The Malta Independent
Times of Malta - Senior Times
Turn back the Pages: a Summer 2020 feature in the Times of Malta
An April 2020 interview with Maltese-language magazine KullĦadd, which means both "Every Sunday" and "Everyone."
Times of Malta
The Malta Independent
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 Communications degree. In July 2020, the Alumni Association invited 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.
And Tina S. Beier of Sound and Fury recently posted a sensational review of my latest novel, Ash Fall.