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I look forward to sharing some stories with you.

Author Erica Colahan-Ruggieri

about this site

Okay, here’s the deal. I’m a regular person, and I have “regular person” things going on in my life—lots of “regular person” things—husband, kids, home, church, and work.

Somehow, for some reason, God put it on my heart to write the true tale of my great-great-grandmother’s tragic life and the redemptive hope that comes from her story.

When I say, “God put it on my heart,” I mean the creator-of-the-universe-and-everything-in-it placed this task directly on top of my heart, and there is nowhere I can run and hide from this calling. 

Writing a historical novel is hard work but life-giving work to me. I write after the kids are asleep, while I wait in the car line to pick up my daughter at pre-K, on my morning walk, and in the middle of the night. I’m in love with the story revealed to me with each chapter—the history I’m digging up—the fictional characters introducing themselves to me as I go along this journey.

I recently finished the manuscript and can’t wait to share it with you! It’s called The Oystercatcher of Southwark.

 I’m learning the business side of writing—the big scary words like Editing, Literary Agent, and—Publishing. Oh boy, what a mountain to climb. Publishing is the Everest of this adventure. To publish my novel, I need to share my writings online—with you—so I decided on a blog. 

And here I am, dear reader. I’m putting myself out there. And you know why? Because YOU are my “why.”

I have a story to tell—a salient tale of tragedy, betrayal, family, love, loss, and hope—an account that tackles prejudice against religion, race, and gender. A story that you need to read. But it’s not published yet.

In the meantime, I am hoping to catch your interest. I will share anecdotes—random things about my “regular person” life—some funny, some not. I will share snippets of the novel. Maybe I’ll throw in an excellent playlist for good measure.

I hope we can get better acquainted. 

Welcome to The Chronicles of Erica.  I’m glad you’re here. 

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Historical Fiction