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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Silvia Foti  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1961 in Chicago, Illinois

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Sylvia was born on the South Side of Chicago and South Side of Chicago, and she has lived on that side of town ever since. She attended St. Xavier College, where she majored in Mass Communications and became co-editor of the school newspaper. Then she went to Northwestern University and got her Master's degree in Journalism.

Biographical and Professional Information

Silvia spent twelve years writing and editing at the Academy of General Dentistry. In 1998,she launched her own writing company called Lotus Ink, and has written for a variety of clients, including the Chicago Tribune, Southtown Daily, Chicago Parent Newsmagazine, Crain's Chicago Business, LA Parent Newsmagazine, and Real Woman Magazine. Today, in addition to being a mystery writer, Silvia along with her journalism writing, also teaches the basics of public speaking (Speech 101) at St. Xavier University and English 101 at Daley College in Chicago.


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Titles At Your Library

Skullduggery
ISBN: 0887394124

Creative Arts Book Co. 2002

Supernatural reporter Alexandria Vilkas launches a feature on Crystal Skull, but is skeptical of its metaphysical powers---until the Chicago mayor dies in her arms. Now the prime suspect in the mayor's murder, Alex needs to clear her name, fast. Along the way she begins to suspect her own mother, discovers a cigarette-selling scam that's making some city aldermen rich, stumbles into some bad shenanigans in a tortilla factory, and gets attacked by a lovelorn astrologer. Meanwhile a knock-out brawl among the town's fifty aldermen erupts in downtown City Hall and Alex desperately wonders if she'll be alive for the next mayoral election. Can she unearth the connection between the Crystal Skull and the murder before it's too late?

The Diva's Fool (Order of the Tarot Chronicles Book Zero)
ISBN: 1590805062

Echelon Press Publishing. 2007

2008 Love Is Murder Award Recipient for "Best Paranormal Mystery"

On the night of her final performance, Opera Diva Carmen Dellamorte, famous for her passion of Tarot cards, staggers onto the Chicago Lyric Opera House stage and dies. Is it the curse of Macbeth or a malevolent plot to dethrone the queen?

Alexandria Vilkas, Chicago reporter, does more than write about the supernatural. She peeks behind the veil of death to investigate murders of the paranormal, and solving the mysterious death of a Diva is the first step on her journey.

Around the world, enthusiasts and masters of the Tarot look to these popular cards for guidance and divination. The deck begins with The Fool, representing the Uninitiated Person beginning a journey consisting of twenty-two phases, each coinciding with the archetypical characters and themes of the Major Arcana, otherwise known as the Greater Secrets.