Philly author's book was inspired by the unsolved murder of an ancestor in Italy

Apr 03, 2024 480


Jo Piazza's latest book is a deeply researched novel steeped in her own family's history. But the Philadelphia-based author isn't just going after the historical fiction crowd. As she writes on her Instagram, the book also has "witches and a dragon and sex in a cave."

"I think it's harder than ever for authors to get their book in front of readers," Piazza said. "There's a lot of content, be it TikTok or Instagram, in front of us. And so getting the attention of readers isn't always easy. "I want all of them. Calling fantasy romance people: You will love this book."

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