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Author explores cults, girlhood through fiction

Publisher Simon & Schuster will release Galante's third book, titled "Willowood", this winter. This novel concerns a girl named Lily Sinclair who befriends a man who has Down Syndrome and discovers a secret about him that will change both of their lives forever.

Galante's fourth book, "The Sweetness of Salt", is tentatively scheduled for release in the summer of 2010, and its setting is in Poultney and East Poultney. It is about two sisters who have been estranged from one another. A bombshell announcement results in the younger sister returning to Poultney where she spends the summer helping her sister fix up an old bakery, as well as mending the broken pieces of their past.

"The bakery is what used to be the Poultney Inn," said Galante.

"I decided to write about Poultney because I absolutely love the town. I consider Poultney to be a character in 'The Sweetness of Salt' because the beauty of the town is one of the things that helps brings these two girls back together. They share many meals at Perry's and meet the people at the 'table of knowledge'-those that know everything about the town."

Galante's popularity is spreading not only into the curriculum in schools in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, and North Carolina, but is also gaining acclaim in getting her books on audio, in movies, and has sold foreign rights to her first two books.

Advice for aspiring writers from Galante: "Don't take no for an answer. Keep reading, writing, and go for your passion. Also, it's important to have a good agent to get you into big houses."

To learn more about Galante's work, visit her website at www.ceciliagalante.com.

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