Welcome!

 

 

I write middle grade fantasy to encourage deep friendships, strong values, and hope for children struggling through life's hardships, as well as adventurous young adult fantasy that softens the harshness of reality and empowers others to make a difference.

I hope that you will enjoy my books and be inspired to write, improve your life or reach out to help your community.

Live your dreams and enjoy the journey!

Visit to Mrs. Philo's Class

Janine De Tillio Cammarata visited Mrs. Philo's 4th grade at Karigon Elementary School today to discuss character development and her latest manuscript The Puzzle Quests: Shimmer's Eggs. She spoke to the kids about her three other books and how we get ideas for stories from what we like to do. Characters can come from people we know or pictures that we see. The kids did a fun exercise where they described two characters (pictured below) and what they saw. Many had different ideas and that is what makes writing so interesting. No two people will write the same story. Some of her students will be reviewing Cammarata's manuscript before it goes to an editor.

What's Being Said?

  • "I loved learning about the Celtic lore that is written about in this book! Can't wait to read the next one :)"

    Cie


  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • "I just wanted to let you know that I loved your book. I have been an avid reader of fantasy based novels or most of my life and I found this one refreshing and highly engaging. I truly hope there will be a few more books in this cycle. Thanks!"

    Rebecca


  • Adult Writing Workshop Review

    "This well-thought-out course covered the essentials of creative writing in a logical progression. Class discussion and activities as well as assignments were thought-provoking and stimulating."


     

  • "Eyes of the Goddess, Book Two of the Fianna Cycle, takes up where Warriors Within left off. Present-day New York City is entwined with 3rd century Ireland by their respective inhabitants, Michaela Sommers and Maecha Ruadh Mac Art, heiress to the throne of Tara. Michaela is involved in a search for the drug lord who killed her father, Police Narcotics Officer Jack Sommers, while Maecha is about to embark on a voyage to Alba (ancient Scotland) to free her father, King Cormac, who had been kidnapped by the Picts. The two worlds are connected by the dream travel of Michaela, the chief druid Finnius Amergin, and Natalie, a child who exists in NYC but is destined to save ancient Ireland from ruin. Cammarata's keen knowledge of Celtic lore and skill in martial arts combine to create an exciting story of ancient battles, gods and magic, honor, loyalty and love. Young adults who love a good adventure story will certainly love this one. While Eyes of the Goddess can be read as a stand-alone, readers will want to start with Warriors Within to experience the full epic tale."

    Joan Weiskotten

    Young Adult Librarian
    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

  • "Cammarata's action packed storytelling never lets up. The urgency of the pacing draws the reader into Maecha's world quickly, but it is the fierceness of her loyalty and love that defines the narrative. Well-developed details ground the magical elements and make a world where people time travel in their dreams and are friends with gods believable. Jumping from the ancient past to modern day is at first jarring, but as the characters' lives weave together, their complicated relationships deepen the meaning of the story and give it a powerful sense of destiny fulfilled. "

    The US Review of Books


  • "I SO enjoyed your work, I didn’t want to put it down, and then didn’t want it to end. I am very excited for the next book in the series, to continue my adventure with the sisters."

    Judi


  • "I really enjoyed this book. I love Celtic stories. I really enjoyed the dreaming aspect to the book as well. How in our dreams we can go anywhere . The characters in this book , knew that and took advantage of it.

    I had read "Warriors Within", which was her first book. I looked forward to reading this sequel (Eyes of the Goddess) and was not disappointed. I look forward to her next book!!"

    V. McCarney


  • "I usually read mysteries or non fiction. Every once in a while I like to try something different. If you like J.R.R. Tolkien or the Chronicles of Narnia this is a good fit. I enjoyed the story line and the character development. I wonder if and when book 2 will be available?"

    Marla


  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • "I bought The Warrior Within at a fundraiser although it was not the type of book I usually purchase. I have been missing out..! I was immediately hooked and disappointed that it took so long for Eyes of the Goddess to be published. Please know that I purchased Eyes of the Goddess through Amazon and appreciate how quickly it was delivered. I am amazed a the skill of the author in being able to transition from the present to the past without losing the reader in the process. I love the Celtic aspect and the storyline continues to keep me addicted to this trilogy. I am eagerly waiting for the next (and unfortunately the last) book to be published. A whole new world of books has been opened to me though my initial purchase of The Warrior Within"

    Ann Frantti


  • "Your book is excellent – a picture of Celtic landscape and adventure remained in my mind long after I completed the novel - I am looking forward to your sequel!"

    Mary


Events & Workshops

  • CREATING CHARACTERS TO CRAFT YOUR STORY

    Mondays: November 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12 from 4:30-5:15pm

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Children's Activities Room

    Grades 3-5

    Registration required and opens one week before event at 9:30am

    Having interesting and believable characters is the best way to create an exciting story. Join award-winning author Janine De Tillio Cammarata as she guides you in this 5-part class to craft characters for short stories. Each class builds upon the previous so commitment to all 5 classes is recommended. 

    (*FAA) Food Allergy Alert!

    Register at: CPH Library Website

  • JOURNALING FOR TEENS

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Piracci Board Room

    For teens in grades 9-12

    October 4, 11, 18, 25 from 5:00-6:00pm

    What is journaling? Whether it’s in a notebook, blog or sketchpad, journaling can help you lead a whole and fulfilling life, as well as be a way to keep track of goals, your life activities, and dreams. Many writers use journaling to inspire their fiction and memoirs. A journal can be anything you want it to be!

    In this 4 part series, award-winning author, Janine De Tillio Cammarata will explore the many different ways to journal. Topics covered: types of journals and how to personalize them, photo collage, exploring life purpose, emotional well-being, personal diary, bullet journaling, creating stories, and much more.

    *Registration is for ALL sessions. 9th-12 grade or home-school equivalent welcome! Bring a notebook/journal and pen.

    Register at: CPH Library Website

  • JOURNALING FOR WRITING, HEALING, AND SELF-AWARENESS

    TUESDAY: October 4, 11, 18, 25 from 6:30-8:00pm

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Jo Piracci Board Room

    Adults

    Registration required for series beginning 1 week before event at 9:30am

    What is journaling? Whether it’s in a notebook, blog or sketchpad, journaling can help you lead a whole and fulfilling life, as well as be a way to keep track of goals, personal/family history, and dreams. Many writers use journaling to inspire their fiction and memoirs. A journal can be anything you want it to be.

    In this series, award-winning author, Janine De Tillio Cammarata will explore the many different ways to journal. Topics covered: types of journals, photo collage, life purpose, emotional well-being, personal/family history, bullet journaling, creating stories, and much more.

     

    Bring a notebook/journal and pen

    Register at: CPH Library Website