A humongous task.
Since I began my writing career as a sophomore in high school, I have primarily birthed stories in the science fiction and fantasy genre. That is where my passion as a reader lies, and I believe it offers the broadest avenue of creative freedom to explore ideas and themes that, if told in contemporary settings, could be off-putting to many readers. It is still my passion, but alas, there are some stories that require a different treatment.
One such story is the story of the history of my family coming to America. My great-grandfather, Miguel Lunardo, arrived at Ellis Island in 1899 with nothing but a few dollars in his pocket, a useful skill, and a dream for a better life. He fathered 18 children, and became the patriarch of a family that would have a profound impact on Central New York, driven by individuals whose own stories could fill…
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