By Aline Weiller
May 30, 2012 (WILTON, CT)-- Writer, poet, teacher, artist, mother, stepmother-- accomplished local author, Marcelle Soviero wears many hats. Though she successfully juggles all of these roles, Ms. Soviero celebrates being both mother and stepmother in her newly released book, “An Iridescent Life” (June, 2012). The book is a collection of essays celebrating the often untold positive aspects of step-parenting and parenting.
When asked about the lynchpin topics for “An Iridescent Life,” Soviero said, “Not enough upbeat things are written about stepmothers, I wanted to show the rewarding side of being a stepmom as well as a mom. My aim was to highlight the joy of both callings.”
According to Soviero, the essays in her book celebrate the perfectly imperfect life of an everyday mom/stepmom trying to raise kids without a guaranteed guidebook and with rules that seem to keep changing at every step along the way. An award-winning essayist, Ms. Soviero also explores interfaith parenting, divorce and remarriage, and all aspects of raising toddlers to teens.“An Iridescent Life” is a moving account of one mother’s journey, capturing small, yet significant, moments that leave readers with relevant insights.
Originally hailing from Long Island, New York, Soviero knew from an early age she wanted to write. When she was age eight she aspired to be the editor of a local publication called, “Kids Day.” Encouraged by her well-read parents and three older siblings, Ms. Soviero wrote, illustrated and submitted her stories and poems. At sixteen, her poem appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine and since then, Soviero has been publishing her pieces in numerous markets including The New York Times, National Public Radio, Salon.com, Eating Well, New York Metro Parent, Babble, Literary Mama, Upper East Side Magazine and others. Ms. Soviero studied creative writing at Roger Williams College in Rhode Island, received a B.A. in Creative Studies from Long Island’s Hofstra University, and obtained an M.F.A. in English from New York University in Manhattan. Her college and post-graduate years proved pivotal in that they continued to spur her writing success. Inspired by a professor at Roger Williams, with whom she still corresponds, Soviero’s gift was applauded early on, receiving many writing awards in her college years. Upon graduation, Ms. Soviero embarked on a seven-year editorial post at Popular Science magazine, while attending graduate school at night. After completing her masters, marrying, and having three children, Soviero settled in New Jersey. She left the magazine, but remained in the publishing arena spearheading Business Development for online libraries.
Now residing in Wilton, Connecticut with her second husband and their blended family -- comprised of five children aged ten to sixteen -- Ms. Soviero balances teaching at the Westport Writers Workshop with her private writing practice (two decades strong), and her favorite jobs as mother and stepmother.
“An Iridescent Life” is available in e-book and hard copy via Amazon.com. Ms. Soviero memoir and essay classes begin June 7 at Westport Writers Workshop. She is also available to teach essay classes at local venues including libraries and assisted living facilities. She maintains a private coaching practice at her writing studio in Wilton. Contact her through her website, via email firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 203-563-9149.