Author Lisa Mendolia begins her book signing with her parents John Mendolia and Suzanne Arndt first in line for the signing.
SOUTH BUFFALO - Dog Ears Bookstore hosted a packed house on June 3 as dozens of local residents came out for a book signing event with author L. M. Mendolia as she promoted her first book, “The Nightmare Chronicles: The Ages of Darkness.”
This talented young author from South Buffalo, with sweet smile and polite demeanor, is not the type of person you would imagine behind the pen of a story of evil and wickedness. Don’t let the innocent face fool you. This girl has a dark side.
An admitted fan of Harry Potter and similar books of witchcraft and fantasy, Mendolia uses the forces of nature, the integrated good and bad in each character, to tell her story. Focusing on the evil that can repent, and the good that can be corrupted, this young author weaves her tale of the fates of the aging, prophetic Vincent and his young heir apparent through a backdrop of secrets and unknown past sins. Fans of illusory literature will find nuances of J.K. Rowling as they immerse themselves into this easy reading narrative that draws the audience into Vincent’s world.
“I started writing The Nightmare Chronicles when I was in college. It’s great to finally see it in print,” said Mendolia.
“The Age of Darkness” is the first in a proposed trilogy of “Nightmare Chronicles” for Mendolia. Mendolia is a high school English teacher with a penchant for fiction. She has already started on the second in her series, and is having fun meeting with her new fans, while discussing her book and their reaction to it. As a teacher, Mendolia is known for bringing literature to life for her students, and states that Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” is one of her favorite novels to use in the classroom.
“I like the underlying theme that young adults can make better decisions than older adults,” Mendolia states, “I think that is an important lesson for high school students to understand.”
Like “The Giver” Mendolia keeps her book to a minimum word length to tell her tale. She understands through her classroom experience that the length of a longer book can be unappealing to a young reader. This length of this book is a perfect poolside or beach take-along summer read.
Mendolia’s grandmother, Dolores Mendolia, was bursting with pride as she walked amongst the people that turned out for the book signing. She was not surprised by her granddaughter’s apparent quick success with her first book.
“Lisa has been writing since she was a small child,” Grandmother Mendolia said, beaming with delight, “At the age of 9 she wrote and delivered the eulogy for her great-grandmother, Catherine Villa. She was wonderful even then.”
Despite the author’s ability to add books to her students’ reading list, L. M. Mendolia will not make her book mandatory reading for her students.
“There is a teacher that runs a book club at our school. She did mention that she will make the book available for those students that choose to read it,” Mendolia admitted, adding that a couple of her students have already read the book and given very positive feedback on it.
“The Nightmare Chronicles: The Age of Darkness” is available for purchase at the Dog Ears Bookstore at 688 Abbott Road. The bookstore is a not-for-profit organization which is a funding source for The Enlightenment Literary Arts Center at the same location.