While researching a freelance article, I stumbled upon archived stories about my father’s gangland-style murder twenty years before. This inspired me to dig deeper into the story, and in doing so, look critically and emotionally into my own childhood. "Painting The Invisible Man" chronicles my coming-of-age story through the eyes of a fictional character, Anna Matteo, who also discovers articles about her father’s Mafia murder. Both Anna and my story is one of a stolen childhood, a family torn apart by the violence of a Mafia life, and one young girl’s resilient spirit that allows her to rise above the hardships and seek solace in most unusual ways. See the book trailer.
At the ripe old age of eleven, Rita began writing Girl From U.N.C.L.E. episodes after her favorite television show was canceled. Sr. Mary Andrews, her homeroom teacher, set aside thirty minutes each week for Rita to read the latest adventures of April Dancer and Mark Slade to her classmates. Fast forward to 1989…pursuing yet another dream, Rita opened an Italian-Japanese restaurant in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. She began writing late at night to relax from the long hours the restaurant demanded. She went on to write "Sweet Bitter Love," published in 1997 by Rising Tide Press, (New York), contributed several short stories to magazines, and to two anthologies, "Early Embraces" and "New Beginnings," (Alyson Publications, CA).
Rita is also the host of the Blog Talk Radio show "Talk To Me...Conversations With Creative, Unconventional People."
See the book trailer!
See my Interview with David Ewen on YouTube
Hear my interview about the Role of the Muse on The Writing Show with Paula B.
Tune in to my interview on Meet The Author With Denny Griffin.
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The following songs were written for KidsTerrain, Inc.
The Magic in Me song, produced as a companion piece to The Magic in Me storybook by Maggie Moran, has become a hit with children and adults everywhere. Composed by Jamie Notarthomas and Rita Schiano, the lively tune explores the message that there is magic in every child.
Its finger-snapping, foot-tapping, Dixieland-style arrangement brings life to lyrics that show children how every child has ‘millions of wonderful magical things’ that he or she can do. Whether you are 2 or 72, the song will make you smile…and just plain-old feel good!
Inspired by the tragic events of September 11, this song addresses the heroic actions surrounding that day. Songwriters Jamie Notarthomas and Rita Schiano (The Magic in Me) teamed once again to create a song we believe will one day be considered a classic. Tiny Acts of Kindness is a beautiful tribute to the goodwill of children everywhere. It is dedicated to the people who lost their lives in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001…and to those who have continued to give of themselves since that da