Linda Lappin

award-winning writer and writing teacher



LINDA LAPPIN will lead a MULTIGENRE PLACE- WRITING WORKSHOP on the Greek island of Andros in June 2017, based on her new book The Soul of Place - A Creative Writing Workbook . Check back for more information, workshop schedule, and costs.

Linda Lappin

ABOUT LINDA LAPPIN

  Linda Lappin, award-winning poet, novelist, essayist, travel writer, literary translator was born in Kingsport, Tennessee. She received her B.A. from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. and her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop where she studied poetry with Donald Justice, fiction with Ian McEwan, and translation with Daniel Weissbort and worked as a translation assistant to Paul Engle and Hualing Nieh at the International Writing Program.

A former Fulbright fellow to Italy, she currently divides her time between the US and Italy, where she has taught English in Italian universities for over twenty years. Her essays , reviews, and short fiction appear regularly in US periodicals. Her short fiction has been broadcast by the BBC World Service Radio.

Her first novel,
The Etruscan
originally published by Wynkin DeWorde in Galway, Ireland, was runner up in the fiction category for the 2010 New York Book Festival and short listed for the 2011 Next Generation Indie Award in fiction.
Her second novel, Katherine's Wish ( published by Wordcraft of Oregon , 2008) based on the life of New Zealand writer, Katherine Mansfield received the gold medal in historical fiction from the IPPY awards, and was a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year in fiction. Her third novel, a mystery, Signatures in Stone set in the sculpture garden of Bomarzo the Monster Park published by Pleasure Boat Studio won the 2014 Daphne Du Maurier Award from Romance Writers of America for mystery and and suspense writing
Active as literary translator, she has translated Carmelo Samona' and Federigo
Tozzi. She has received two NEA grants in translation and the Renato
Poggioli Award in Translation from PEN.

Through the Centro Pokkoli , she has organized writing workshops in Italy for the Kenyon Review, the Converse College Continuing Education Program, and other institutions

She has worked as a radio speaker and interpreter for RAI 1 and is currently associate international editor for Del Sol Journal . Her forthcoming books include Genius Loci: A Writer's Guide to Capturing the Soul of Place and Postcards from a Tuscan Interior
She is a member of the AWP, the EACWP, the Authors Guild, and the Katherine Mansfield Society

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A New Mystery Novel Set in Bomarzo published in 2013 by Caravel Books, an Imprint of Pleasure Boat Studio
Runner up in Fiction, New York Book Festival, 2010 "Haunted... vivid... entrancing"... Kirkus Reviews Click here to read reviews, watch videos, and download the free Readers' Guide for Book Groups. The revised edition is now on KINDLE
Katherine's Wish "A dazzling bit of fictional sorcery" David Lynn, editor Kenyon Review A new novel about the lives of Katherine Mansfield and her circle Gold Medal Winner in Historical Fiction, IPPY Awards
Writing Women's Lives
Essay on the life of the artist, Jeanne Hebuterne, wife of Modigliani
An essay about Katherine Mansfield

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Linda Lappin wins the Gold Medal in the Nautilus Awards

for her new book The Soul of Place - A Creative Writing Workbook: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci
taking the top prize in the category CREATIVE PROCESS. Now in its 18th edition, the Nautilus Award distinguishes 24 categories of books supporting green values, high-level wellness, and spiritual growth. Previous winners include Julia Cameron of the Artist's Way series, Betty Edwards (Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain ), and Barbara Kingslover. For the complete list of Nautilus winners for books published in 2015, click here

Linda will be leading a workshop in Andros Greece in July 2016 for the Aegean Arts Circle based on her new prize-winning creative writing workbook, THE SOUL OF PLACE. Read on for more information by clicking here and here Thanks for visiting!




The Soul of Place -- A Creative Writing Workbook: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci Published by Travelers Tales

Linda Lappin talks to Shauna Gilligan about THE SOUL OF PLACE Click here to read the interview

PRAISE FOR LINDA LAPPIN'S THE SOUL OF PLACE
"Insightful exercises for writers of all levels"
National Geographic Intelligent Traveler
"A Workbook for all Creatives" Wewanted2bwriters.com
"A great new resource for writers" Dr. Jessie Voigts, Wandering Educators
"A conscious way to explore the power of place" WanderLit
"Lappin's book feels like a life guide" Candice Ransom
"This book will change your writing" Wandering Educators
"Invaluable advice for the writer and traveler" Lavinia Spalding
"Deeply intelligent & Inspiring" Susan Tekulve, Serving House Journal


SIGNATURES IN STONE: A Bomarzo Mystery

OVERALL WINNER
2014 DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARDS! "Scary and satisfying
...I loved this novel....Lappin's people are as dangerously compelling as her Italy." -- Nina Auerbach *****amazon reviews
"Readers looking for an intelligent summer mystery will find much to savor here."—Wilda Williams, Library Journal
Written in an elegant, relaxed style, with a plot that peels back slowly, the book bewitches... Mystery Scene Magazine
"Lappin is a modern day Agatha Christie with prose that is like eating dark chocolate or sipping a glass of fine wine — the story continues to entice your senses and simply gets better and better the more you partake. I Love a Mystery
"Recommended! " Midwest Book Review

Linda Lappin's Signatures in Stone boasts a remarkable knitting of mystery and romance, a delicate and intricately concocted layering of mysteries Gently Read

"Lappin has populated a dilapidated villa and its adjacent park of grotesque sculptures with a vivid group of victims and suspects who turn out to be mysteries in themselves, While the primary pleasures of Signatures in Stone are its places and its people, the story itself satisfies because its twists are engrained in the chasms of its setting and its characters." Walter Cummins , Rain Taxi

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The Etruscan Wynkin Deworde 2004, Frank 2006, KDP 2013 Haunting...Vivid...Entrancing -- Kirkus BUY THIS BOOK

THE ETRUSCAN

Second Place Fiction, New York Festival of Books 2010 "Mystery, fear, betrayal
and uncertainty abound as Harriet’s story unfolds against the backdrop of Etruscan tombs and cemeteries. Influenced by D.H. Lawrence’s travelogue Etruscan Places,Lappin elegantly brings the characters, Italian countryside and surroundings to life in vivid, engrossing prose. A solid, well-written tale wrought in entrancing detail." Kirkus

" Lappin’s gift for atmosphere places her amongst the finest writers of gothic art, not genre." Southern Indiana Review

"In this gorgeously detailed, wickedly fun novel, Lappin celebrates and plays with these varied interpretations of Harriet’s story, cleverly exploring how the ambiguous text of a woman’s life can be thwarted by gender and social position, become lost, and eventually survive. " Prairie Schooner

"Think Fifty Shades of... but fifty times better written," Margaret Bramley, Bookcrossing.com

I was enthralled by Lappin's Italy... and by that god/demon/boar that flits through its landscape" Nina Auerbach, critic, author of Our Vampires, Ourselves

"Illusion and reality weave a mysterious web in the life of Harriet Sackett, eccentric photographer and traveller. The thin line between illusion and reality is captured in Linda Lappin's account of an American woman's experiences in 1920s Tuscany." Book View Ireland

Linda Lappin talks to Shauna Gilligan about The Etruscan and Italy here:Interview with Shauna Gilligan






Katherine's Wish (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2008, KDP, 2012 ) historical fiction ISBN-13: 978-1877655586 BUY THIS BOOK ON KINDLE

KATHERINE'S WISH

A Novel About the Life of Katherine Mansfield
Gold Medal Winner, IPPY Awards. Honorable Mention Hoffer Awards

"Katherine’s Wish is first and foremost the compelling story of an artist fighting against time. Long after the last page, thoughts of her linger like an exotic scent, as if, anticipating other guests, she simply stepped from the room to display a vase of flowers or a platter’s mounded figs. --Joyce J. Townsend, Rain Taxi

"Linda Lappin has immersed herself in Mansfield's life, and merged from it with a story to to narrate on her own terms, a fiction charged with the enthusiasm of a good researcher, and carried through with a novelist's verve." Vincent O'Sullivan, editor The Letters of Katherine Mansfield Vol V

"The more Katherine Mansfield approaches death, the more she comes to life in Linda Lappin’s Katherine’s Wish. Lappin’s achievement is to succeed where medicine failed and, through her words, give Katherine Mansfield ongoing life. " Walter Cummins The Literary Review

Lappin's intensely imagined novel will satisfy readers unfamiliar with Mansfield as well as those already intrigued by her. Desmond O' Grady, South China Post