Loretta Giacoletto divides her time between the St. Louis Metropolitan area and Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks where she writes fiction, essays, and her bi-monthly blog, Loretta on Life, while her husband Dominic cruises the waters for bass and crappie. Their five children have left the once chaotic nest but occasionally return for her to-die-for ravioli and roasted peppers topped with garlic-laden bagna càuda. An avid traveler, she has visited numerous countries in Europe and Asia but Italy remains her favorite, especially the area from where her family originates: the Piedmont region near the Italian Alps.
Loretta's novels are filled with bawdy characters caught up in problems they have created for themselves. FAMILY DECEPTIONS follows two generations of earthy Italians and Italian Americans who learn to survive and thrive through a series of misdeeds, the worst against those they love the most.THE FAMILY ANGEL is a paranormal saga about the Americanization of an immigrant family of bootleggers, coalminers, winemakers and priests, and a mysterious black angel who enjoys sticking his nose in the family business. CHICAGO’S HEADMISTRESS, a prequel and partial parallel to The Family Angel, follows a 1905 Italian street urchin’s notorious rise to wealth and power as the headmistress of Night School, Prohibition Chicago’s most popular and innovative men’s club in the 1920s. Loretta's first chick lit mystery from the Savino Sisters Mystery Series, ITALY TO DIE FOR, takes readers to the amazing city of Florence and to Cinque Terre's Monterosso Al Mare on the Mediterranean Sea, where thirty-something sisters El and Margo Savino find themselves caught up in the murder investigation of two gypsy women. In LETHAL PLAYa grieving widow must convince a team of hard-nosed detectives that she didn't kill her coach's son, a man with more enemies than friends; and in FREE DANNER,her only novel with no Italian Americans,a cynical young man's troubled past and deadly encounters hinder his search for the father he has yet to meet.
To learn more about Loretta and her writing, read her this interview on Indie Author Land.
In addition to the horror anthologies, Damned in Dixie and Hell in the Heartland, Loretta's short stories have appeared in a number of publications including The MacGuffin, Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, The Scruffy Dog Review, Allegory, and Literary Mama, which nominated her story "Tom" for Dzanc's2010 Best of The Web.