Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee

Today with a dash of cinnamon


This weekend I saw a dear friend of mine who had just finished reading my manuscript (Update: The Silence of Trees is with my agent, who is shopping it around to the next round of publishers), and she shared with me an observation that no one has ever brought to my attention:

TSOT has a lot of coffee in it.

This made me laugh, AND take pause. It was certainly not intentional, but once I thought about it, I could see that coffee was often present: the ritual of a morning cup, the luxury of coffee during WWII, the comfort of coffee with a dear friend, and so on.

How very interesting and not altogether surprising.

"After all, coffee is bitter, a flavor from the forbidden and dangerous realm."
— Diane Ackerman

Author: Valya

Valya Dudycz Lupescu is the author of THE SILENCE OF TREES and STICKS & BONES, as well as the founding editor of CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Born and raised in Chicago, Valya received her degree in English at DePaul University and her MFA in Writing as part of the inaugural class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since receiving her MFA, Valya has worked as a college professor, obituary writer, content manager, internal communications specialist, co-producer of an independent feature film, and Goth cocktail waitress.


  1. Oh, it’s GREAT! I’m glad to hear that your agent is taking another crack at it. It’s a wonderful story.

    Too much coffee? LOL. Mine has too much smoking, I’ve been told. Everyone is lighting up, puffing and looking for the next smoke. Ha! Never smoked in my life, so I have no idea…

    Okay… what is TSOT? (probably when you tell me, I’ll slap my forehead.)

    PS. Oh, that was STUPID! It’s the title of your book. DUH… I’ve been like that for the past two weeks. Bear with me.

  2. My novel would be TWOP. Hmmm….

  3. LOL Yes, it’s the title. No worries, that’s the kind of week I’ve been having as well.

  4. I love the picture you attached to the post. I can’t wait to read this book.

  5. I love that! I’m having coffee as I type!

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