First Chapter Plus May 2023 Issue

I Have Something to Say

Celebrating 14 years! First Chapter Plus comes from humble beginnings. Founded by Irene Watson as an Indie Books Catalogue for librarians, bookstores, and media and readers in May 2009, it has evolved to a literary e-magazine throughout the years. This transformation didn’t happen without hurdles. First Chapter Plus became my baby in August 2010 when I joined Irene’s network as her editorial assistant. It started as an indie books catalog and remained the same for many years, until about three years ago when began a slow transition to e-magazine. Today the magazine takes flight! I hope you enjoy our new format and thank you all for your support over the years. It was a wonderful ride and I look forward to seeing what this new phase will bring all of us and our beloved authors and audience!

Managing Editor ABOUT ME Born and raised in Venezuela of Italian immigrants, Susan completed a BA in Political Science and Business Administration before moving to the US . Although she built a career as a Business Analyst/Accountant, she also kept herself active as a freelance writer in the US; publishing articles, poetry, children’s stories, and illustrations since 1996. She published her first book in 2009, and released her revised edition: Innocent War: Behind An Immigrant’s Past in 2011. Her picture book: Tuma: The Tribe’s Little Princess was published in early 2013 under her own label. Currently, Susan Violante is the Managing Editor/CEO/ Partner of I Have Something to Say Press and Book By Book Publicity, Author, Reviewer, Publicist and Publisher. She resides in Austin, TX with her husband Michel and her dogs,Canela and Karina, Susan is mother of two adult daughters, Arianna and Nicollette, She enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, painting, writing, gardening, Susan Violante 85

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