In partnership with the Riverside Public Library for the City of Riverside’s First Thursdays Virtual Arts Walk program, Inlandia invites you to help welcome two new books into the world! Join Inlandia authors Marj Charlier (The Rebel Nun) and Victoria Waddle (Acts of Contrition) for delightful readings from their books, followed by a conversation about writing and the path to publishing. An audience Q&A will immediately follow.
Marj Charlier’s The Rebel Nun (Blackstone Publishing, 2021) is based on the true story of a rebellion by nuns in the darkest of the Middle Ages. It is an epic tale of a young woman’s quest to save her convent while struggling to reconcile the pagan beliefs of her ancestors with the religion that was taking over the Western world.
The women of Victoria Waddle’s Acts of Contrition (Los Nietos Press, 2021) face society’s devaluation, from parents, from elders, from all who assume authority over them. What all the characters come to understand is that silence places them at greater risk than speaking out. They progress toward freedom through the telling of their stories.
The Rebel Nun is Marj Charlier’s first historical novel, and twelfth work of fiction. She started her career in journalism, writing for 12 years at the Wall Street Journal before turning to work in corporate finance. After more years than she wishes to count in corporate financial reporting, she retired eight years ago to write fiction.
Acts of Contrition is the debut short fiction collection by Victoria Waddle. Her work has been featured in literary journals and anthologies and was included in Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest. She’s the managing editor of the Inlandia Institute’s online literary journal Inlandia: A Literary Journey. She also has experience as a high school teacher and teacher-librarian and is currently at work on a realistic YA novel about a girl hoping to escape a polygamist colony.