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Winner of the Bronze 2019

Living Now Award

Cara Cilento

I am a professional storyteller. How do I know? Because when I tell stories, I captivate, I enrapt and inspire you, my audience. I bring you on my storyteller journey. How do I do that? I involve you in my narrative. I speak true without apology knowing I will honor your needs as a reader. After all, all readers need something from a professional storyteller. Whether it be a tale that is relevant to who we are as people, diverse characters, or storylines that are as engaging as conversations with your best friend, a professional storyteller, like me, will give you what is essential to you as a reader. So why don’t you try going on an adventure with me, your own professional storyteller? I can’t think of a reason why not.

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Snapshots: Say Cheese! 
The World is Watching

Even as a young child I was always conjuring up stories and filling them with colorful characters, sharing them with anyone and everyone who would listen. Since then, I've progressed quite a bit to formulating longer and more complex stories and sharing them with much larger audiences. As a professional storyteller, I’m adept at using my imaginative thinking and creative flair to bring my stories to life in engaging and entertaining ways.

Given my background of growing up in a close knit suburb and my family's legacy, there is significant familial and social pressure to fit the mold. What would happen if I didn’t? What if I was a lesbian? Did I conform? Become unseen? Rebel? To what lengths does one go to be accepted into the fold?

Snapshots explores a more intimate legacy, one that is relatable to most people. It explores the legacy parents leave with her daughter implicitly and explicitly. If a daughter models what she sees, what happens when the model is dysfunctional? Hypocritical? Yet expecting success and social assimilation? Snapshots describes what daughters saw at home conflict with the desire to break free of cultural expectations.

Finally, Snapshots culminates into self acceptance. It expresses a victory over social pressure yet establishes a peace through what links people together: our ability to persevere, our ability to parent, our ability to be culturally engaged with out sacrificing ourselves.

I am extremely proud and honored to share my latest page turner with you. My close friends, family, and of course my fans know how much work was put into getting this book ready for release and publication. I’m so excited to finally share Snapshots: Say Cheese! The World is Watching with a wider audience and hope you enjoy it.


What People Are Saying!

Cara Cilento isn’t playing any games with her debut publication Snapshots: Say Cheese! The World is Watching. She uses both poetry and prose to tell provocative stories about familial issues, race, homosexuality, and eventually, self-acceptance. Despite being shown that the world is against her, she’s willing to thrust her voice into the conversation
with this new book in order to inspire change and motivate others to do the same.

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