Joanne Lewis

About me

I am an author with a keen interest in all things Renaissance, especially the Italian Renaissance. I have a historical fiction novel being released in November 2012 called The Lantern, which tells the story of the girl in the 15th Century who dared to enter the competition to build Brunelleschi’s dome.

From my website

Why I Write Historical Fiction

Introduction* *This is an excerpt from an essay I wrote as I pursue my MFA in creative writing at the University of Tampa.              During my first semester at UT, I read “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr and “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco.…

Santa, Rabbi Moshe and the December Dilemma

Recently a friend said to me that Hanukkah was a made-up holiday so Jews could get presents like Christians do at Christmastime. I explained that wasn’t true, Hanukkah was for real, and I quickly told him the story of how over 2000 years ago the Jewish Temple was overtaken by…

If My Pets Could Text

I have a ten-pound gray poodle and two cats. They are sweet and affectionate, adorable and playful. From Frisco, I get unconditional love and writing breaks when we go for walks. Bruno is my big gray and white striped baby who loves to cuddle and Dante, my black cat, is…

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