Denise has written 12 novels and has been an editor and creative writing teacher for 37 years. Denise was the Editor-in-Chief of the Emporium Gazette, an ezine devoted to the art and craft of writ ing. She served as the Executive Editor for Cool Well Press, Inc. Her short stories have appeared in such magazines as AMAZING STORIES, the best selling anthology, FORGOTTEN REALMS--The Realms of Infamy, SHADOW STREET, and TIMELESS. Her novel, OPALITE MOON, the second in her popular Ty Merrick Mystery Series, was nominated for the prestigious Philip K. Dick Award for Excellent in Science Fiction. This series has been optioned by the Tom Jacobson Company to be made into a television show. Denise's latest nonfiction book, THOMAS TALKS TO ME, HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN MUSE, was written for all those authors who work alone.


"Vitola is able to knit all the various elements (mystery, science fiction and the fantastic) together into a coherent whole, for a unique and satisfying read." -- SF Site

"Vitola's knack for punchy dialog and intriguing characters make her SF-noir mystery crossovers good choices for most SF or mystery collections." -- Library Journal

"The perfect blending of mystery and science fiction." -- The Midwest Book Review


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