Silvia Foti
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About Me:
Author of Diva's Fool, launch of Greater Secrets of the Tarot series--
Spent 20 years as a journalist writing for a variety of media. Most recently, switched careers to become a high school English teacher at the newly created Proviso Math and Science Academy in Forest Park, Illinois. Has a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University and is pursuing a Masters in Education from National Louis University.
Writes from Chicago. On the board of Love Is Murder, a multi-genre conference for writers and readers, and the Chicago chapter of Sisters in Crime. The Diva's Fool is my second mystery novel, the launch of a mystery/paranormal series based on the Major Arcana of the Tarot cards.

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Books And Authors I Like:
Just finished Spinelli's it in two nights. Want to read Maniac Magee next.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
West Wing
Army Wives

Interview with Anne Carter

Interview with Anne Carter
September 23, 2007

What's the title of your book and what's it about?

POINT SURRENDER is a paranormal romantic mystery that takes place in a fictional California lighthouse. It's about a woman who takes over the renovation of her ailing brother's lighthouse, discovers the journal of the last, late, keeper, and goes on a quest to find out what really happened to him and his missing family. Along the way she meets the hero, who doesn't want any part of the sleuthing -- he's got history of his own to worry about. There's a benign ghost or two lurking around, too. And central to it all is the lighthouse, of course.

What do you think of Tarot cards?

They intrigue me, but I don't personally know how to use them. Someone once gave me an abbreviated set, something to do specifically with "love." I might consider using them to inspire creativity if I knew how...

Have you ever gone to a psychic and had your cards read? What happened?

I had my cards read when I was pregnant with my first child. The reader told me I would have a son and that my childbirth would be fairly easy and uncomplicated. He was right on both accounts. I didn't want to ask anything else. I think I felt intimidated by my lack of knowledge of the Tarot. A little scared, actually.

Have you ever seen anything you'd describe as supernatural?

Although I've written some paranormal elements into POINT SURRENDER, I've never actually witnessed anything I'd consider supernatural. That's not to say I don't believe it exists. I do think some folks are more sensitive to the paranormal than others.

What is it about you that found its way into your novel--where you live? what you do for a living? a special talent you had or wish you had?

In this case, the lighthouse! I've always been a real lighthouse nut, and I guess it was only a matter of time before I started writing about them. My WIP also involves a lighthouse, this one miles off-shore. Lighthouses are considered romantic by some. They fairly scream "mysterious." For me, the biggest treat was staying in a lighthouse while writing the last few chapters of PS. Talk about inspiration! My brother takes care of a small lighthouse in Port Townsend, WA, and he gave me the keys while I was there visiting. The muse was waiting inside.

What is your genre, and what do you personally gain by writing in this genre?

I actually write in several genres. Most often, contemporary romance or romantic suspense. POINT SURRENDER is my first adult mystery. I say "adult" because I've also written a middle grade mystery. LOCKER SHOCK debuts next month from Quake!

What is one of your newest writing goals?

Just to finish all the WIPs on my desk right now! I had no inkling of the time it takes to market/promote your books once they are published. I might never have time to write again, LOL!

What sorts of jobs have you held to pay the bills, and how have they played a role in your writing?

Oh, man. I've been a secretary, a real estate agent, an escrow officer, a graphic artist, a cover artist and art director; a photographer and a photo editor; I've even been a celebrant and married people! I think everything a person does influences their writing in one way or another. I tend to be somewhat of a sponge, soaking up experiences and places and scenes, etc. Everything gets stored away for future use in my writing.

What is your website? Where else can people find out more about you?

All the stuff about me and my various identities can be found at which is my website. When I first decided I needed a website, about 8 years ago, I chose "Beacon Street" as the name because of the lighthouse thing. I also figured that I might end up with more than one author/pen name, and having a neutral site where they could all "reside" would be a smart move. The downside is, people see my URL and think I'm a publisher. On my website are links to my monthly newsletters as well.

I can also be visited at and if you Google me, you'll turn up all sorts of fun stuff.

Silvia Foti's Blog

Interview of Margot Justes

Interview with Margot Justes

September 3, 2007

What's the title of your book and what's it about?…


Posted on September 4, 2007 at 6:09am

Interview of Christine Verstraete

Interview with Christine Verstraete, author of The Witch Tree

August 27, 2007…


Posted on August 26, 2007 at 4:06am

Interview with Toni LoTempio

Interview with Toni LoTempio

August 20, 2007

What do you think of Tarot cards? I used the Tarot as a theme in my novel, Bound…


Posted on August 19, 2007 at 5:49am

Interview of Kerul Kassell

Interview of Kerul Kassell,

Author of Stop Procrastinating Now

August 13, 2007

What's the title of your book and what's it…


Posted on August 13, 2007 at 4:26am

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At 4:38am on August 18, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Silvia, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 3:22am on September 25, 2008, Lee Martin said…
Hi Silvia,
Welcome to Crime Space. My name is Lee Martin, a retired Forensic Crime Scene Investigator. I too am from a suburb of Chicago. Ever heard of Dolton? It's South of Chicago near Calumet City, Holland, Riverdale and so on. My book, "Just Another Case" is about some of the cases I have worked but with a twist you might like...........the ghost/spirit of one of my suicide victims contacts me and comes and goes throughout the book, giving me a helping hand. Anyway, again welcome to Crime Space. My email is
At 8:13am on October 24, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
Silvia Foti, Greetings: Just to let you know that my New Orleans noir mystery, The
Beatitudes, has received 5 starred reviews! I am donating all royalties to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation to help rebuild the public libraries. I have posted Chapter I on my blog Please read and if you like it, help rebuild a library for NOLA. Thank you Lyn LeJeune
At 7:50am on August 20, 2007, Sandra Balzo said…
Hi, Silvia--great to see you here. As for procrastinating, it seems like I'm capable of doing it because of kids in COLLEGE even. It never ends!!
At 12:23am on August 20, 2007, Maryann Mercer said…
Aren't mystery writers shadowy figures??? :o) Actually I have a picture, just need to get it on the page. I'm SO computer savvy! Sounds as though the Mystery Weekend was wonderful...I have to miss the St. Louis forensics one as well. My bank is merging and my weekends aren't my own until December! (Of course I could be totally unemployed by then :o) and writing my head off!)
At 9:06am on August 17, 2007, Silvia Foti said…

Lithuanians and Poles fight over St. Casimir in particular. In The Diva's Fool, St. Casimir plays a prominent role. That is cool about your mom being a geneologist...

Dave! So nice to "see" you again. We did have an awesome time. I also had a great start on my next mystery novel, and was able to keep up the momentum afterwards. I would highly recommend Sisters in Crime The Mystery Weekend, a writers retreat for mystery writers to anyone serious about getting their mystery writing done. I was also able to use the chapel found at the Cabrini Retreat Center, the retreat's location, as a setting in my upcoming novel based on the tarot card's Magician, extra bonus :-)
At 1:38pm on August 16, 2007, J. D. Webb said…
Hey, from a fellow Sinc member. Had a great time at the Mystery Weekend. Good to see you here.
At 11:09am on August 15, 2007, Kelli Stanley said…
Thanks, Silvia! Yeah, I think Chi has more Poles than Warsaw, or used to, anyway.

It's a funny thing--my mom is an amateur genealogist--sometimes some of our ancestors are considered Lithuanian, sometimes Polish--all because of that disputed border. She grew up in Harvey, on the south side.

I get to Chicago whenever I can--though I'm still in mourning for State street, Marshall Field's, and Carson's. It would be great to see you at Love is Murder!

At 12:18pm on August 14, 2007, Silvia Foti said…
Hi Kelli,

What part of Chicago? I live by Midway Airport...I think there are more Polish people here than in Poland, if that's possible :-) I hope you can make it to the Windy City for our Love Is Murder conference always the first weekend in February.
At 12:13pm on August 14, 2007, Kelli Stanley said…
Hi, Silvia! I'm very intrigued by the tarot theme of your books ... and I've got to add that my mom grew up on the south side of Chicago, too (she's Polish).

I love the Windy City, and I'll be there in January, when it's at its windiest!

Take care,


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