Two Tallahassee writers pump out the volumes

Although social isolation has devastated many people’s skills – getting tired of watching TV or walking around the neighborhood – two local writers have posted new doors.

Their latest novels have created huge national and international waves at the Royal Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Awards this fall.

Marina Brown’s book “The Orphan of Pitigliano” takes readers to rural Italy. The conspiracy took place just before the outbreak of World War II when three of their brothers wanted to hide their Jewish identity. Brown’s Book Award won the 2020 Book of the Year and a gold medal in ancient mythology.

Marina Brown

“I like to focus on the real thing,” Brown says. “Learning something true and historical adds depth and taste to every thought and culture for me. It’s also hard to do research, and when you write about these people you feel how they feel about the race. You’re losing your power in them in this exchange.”

Prizes are usually awarded at the Association’s annual meeting in Orlando, but this year the event was held almost immediately. Prizes are distributed on a national basis and are presented in both printed and printable form. Donna Meredith’s “Planned Seeds” won a gold medal in female legends. His recognition has been a great success, because he was given it before it was published.

Donna Meredith

Meredith says the book took ten years to bear fruit. Initially, he left out the notes after writing part of the main story. It was only when the West Virginia coach boycotted him that he was encouraged to return to add to his original idea. After all, the book has two phases – the first being the state of Angie Fisher, the President of the academic union in West Virginia, and the second following the journey of her grandmother Rosella gaining the right to vote.

Opinions are very important when it comes to fictional work, especially now as a writer in the midst of a global epidemic. For Meredith, her books take on the idea of ​​fighting for their rights in many areas of life from women’s rights to climate change.

On the cover of Donna Meredith's book, Buried Seeds (Wild Women Writers, 2020)

“When you move and live somewhere else, you look at where you are coming from with new eyes,” says Meredith. “Moving to Florida helped me to do this in my hometown of West Virginia. I don’t think you see the place you grew up through with the same eyes if you lived there for the rest of your life. When you move, they change your mind. ”

The plague has hindered the advancement of literature through the methods of all the authors. Brown was thrilled to win Omega Project funding along with his 2020 award, which provides books to 50 readers who comment online. Midtown Reader hosted a website with Brown on December 9th.

Marina Brown's interest in Pitigliano, Italy, began more than 20 years ago.

“In a book publishing, this review really helps in marketing and branding,” says Brown.

Meredith continues to promote her book almost exclusively and has also used her experience as a teacher to create discussion questions and share recipes mentioned in the book on her page. His books will be on sale during the holidays, lower prices on Kindle and published on Amazon through December 25th.

Meredith, who continues to look for new ways to share the work.

Even after celebrating what they did, Meredith and Brown have hope for the future, with their next books. Shortly after the tour, Brown reflects on his location and captures the secrets of Florida.

Meredith travels the country in an RV and is looking forward to getting back on track to pick up their refreshing juices. They feel they have a responsibility to write articles filled with a moral compass, especially in light of current storms and human rights movements.

“There is nothing better than receiving feedback that someone enjoys this article or sees it as useful and that’s what motivates me to write,” says Meredith. “All my books have emphasized that women must work hard to overcome the barriers that our culture imposes, and that they will do so. However, the work continues.”

Amanda Sieradzki is the secretary of the Council for Culture & Arts. COCA is the umbrella center for the arts and culture center ( This article is part of COCA’s Creativity Persists Collection which explores how community members use technology to stay connected and encouraged by the COVID-19 epidemic.

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Midtown Reader is preparing a book with Marina Brown on “The Orphan of Pitgliano” at 7 a.m. Wednesday, December 9, online via Zoom. Visit for more information or Registration link:

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