Joan Wright Mularz has lived in three countries and has traveled to 5 continents. She loves learning languages and exploring new places. She and her husband live in New England. Upheavals at Cuma is a novel for tweens, young teens and young-at-heart adults. It was inspired by the explorations of her two children when they were young, playing amongst ancient Italian ruins and creating adventures.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read a wide variety of books but my favorite authors tend to be mystery writers like P.D. James, Elizabeth George, William Martin and Tana French. To combine my love of Italy with mystery, I turn to Donna Leon and Lorenzo Carcaterra .
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy reading, traveling, walking, kayaking, hiking, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, gardening, redecorating, art, and, most of all, my family and friends.
Twelve-year-old Ellen Theodora Madigan doesn’t want to be a psychic. However, when her family moves to Cuma, Italy and lands her at the site of one of the renowned ancient oracles — the Cumaean Sibyl, she no longer has a choice. Her supernatural gift brings on strange dreams and the feeling that an old mystery on the Cuma hillside needs to be solved.