Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee

Words and wheels weekend in Wisconsin


Next Saturday, March 19th, I will be in La Crosse for a reading and my first roller derby bout (watching, not playing).

If you’re around La Crosse, Wisconsin, come to my reading at Pearl Street Books in La Crosse. We’ll be joined by the cover artist,  for my novel, The Silence of Trees: Madeline Carol Matz! There will be snacks (courtesy of the Co-op and the lovely Maura Henn), as well as free tarot readings by Kirsta Skaff, Sanshin music, and maybe a few surprises. We’ll see. 😉

After the reading, we’ll see where the Wisconsin winds carry us. There may be more revelry.

On Sunday, March 20, we will be watching Maura and the feisty ladies of Mississippi Valley Mayhem as they introduce the two Intra-league teams of MVM!  I’m a derby virgin, and very excited to watch these ladies in action!

More information is on their site.

Hope that some of you can make it. If you’re on facebook, there’s an event page..

Tonight I have my first official book club visit. The members just finished The Silence of Trees and will be discussing it. I’ll be sure to post pictures. If you have a bookclub and would like me to come and talk about TSOT, send me a note.

Many more exciting things in the works: Philadelphia in April, Madison in May! More to come.

Thank you to everyone who has been buying The Silence of Trees and leaving reviews on various sites: amazon, goodreads, facebook, etc. I’m so grateful for your thoughtful comments and help in spreading the word!

Because of the fantastic response to The Silence of Trees for $.99 on kindle, the sale has been extended (buy here)! Spread the word, you can read kindle books on your phones and laptops if you don’t have a kindle. It’s very exciting!

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. My 2011 tarot card reading for the health of the planet was very challenging for me. It told me that there would be significant earth destruction, and that a fresh political directionwould happen. Do you have any comments on this now that Japan has undergone this?

  2. Thanks for your comment.

    I’m not a professional Tarot reader, although I find Tarot fascinating. I would be curious to hear the opinion of other people on this.


  3. It has been a pleasure readingyour blog! Keep up the greatwork! Will visit again soon I’m sure.


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