Enjoy a free peek into the strange world of the DuBois.

Just another day in the DuBois household. Lollie believes she is a Queen. The legendary bird women of myths, the Sirens, flying about in the Garden, are having their issues with Babette. Thurston, spending most of the day in the library, is still captive in a prison of silence. The healer ladies of the Great House, as usual, are dispensing the sugar pills to be taken round the clock.

This was the way things were up until that day came.

The Day Before The Story.

In The Day Before The Story, (Book 1 of the series), a peculiar visit from an ancestor shook the world of the DuBois. Do not be fooled by the whimsical atmosphere or the dreamy pace. The world of the DuBois would never be the same again. This visit triggered a series of unusual events to take place. The fog that surrounded them was lifting. The sails were now set and a bizarre journey begins.

Times get twisted, secrets become revealed and strange truths are discovered about the rather eccentric DuBois. A disturbing family history will eventually unfold. A saga brimming with mysterious times, alluring places and eccentric characters waits to be explored.

Are you ready to find out what this mysterious and unusual family is all about?

Enjoy a free preview of the book on Amazon.



An excerpt from “The Day Before the Story”

“…Lollie observed the noise their shoes were making. She recognized the hidden significance of the sounds, the clues left behind by the sound of their walk.

Talented detectives know these things“, mused Lollie.

If noises had a smell, all of the noises that bounced off the walls today in the Great House, beginning with the Storm of the Chattering Monkeys up to and including the clamor the women made with their heels, would have a very complex bouquet.

Any DuBois would recognize this immediately.

The bouquet would be best described as the lingering scent of cinnamon cake baking in an oven, competing with the asphyxiating smell of strong patchouli, blending with the pungent tang that freshly watered tomato plant leaves release in the air. All of these notes meshed with the sneeze-inducing, sharp aroma of freshly cut garden grass.

Mind you, these are not scents that were in the air at that time. They were the scents that the noise gave off.

Yes, the DuBois were very sensitive to smells. They could smell noise.


from The Day Before The Story (The DuBois Family Saga, Book 1)

about to make its presence known. soon. wherever books are sold.

The DuBois Legacy – Timeswept Winds. Book 1 The Calm Before The Storm

A family saga where gothic meets whimsy & reality merges with myth.

A tale of suspended time and different worlds.

Get ready for the most unusual tale…

Secrets are slowly revealed allowing for an incredibly strange discovery to take place.

It all began with the arrival of a strange note…

and from the moment it arrived, nothing remained the same.

The DuBois Legacy – Timeswept Winds

Book 1 The Calm Before The Storm

It is only the beginning….and it is coming soon.

Stay tuned to pre order your copy!

SOME of the characters from Book 1 are so eager for you to hear their story, they even posed for a quick sketch :

ok. i have news.

This website now has an “extension”. I opened The Culture Vulture Studio.

Its address is suzyvaltsioti.org


That is where all of my prints available for sale will call home.


That is where all of the info about my books will also reside.

That includes the info about the new book that is coming out soon

The DuBois Legacy – Timeswept Winds

its a book that is sure to entertain the reader…gothic, magical realism, surreal, whimsical, family saga…a good mix.

launching soon…more info to come from The Culture Vulture Studio

I am still always here on our website, loving it and enjoying the company at Writing Out Loud and most grateful to all who follow the site.

You are all invited to PRESS follow and stay tuned to The Culture Vulture Studio as well, in order to receive the lastest updates and info from my work.

You will like following The Culture Vulture Studio as well as my Pinterest and Twitter venues.

Trust me, you will like perusing through all that culture vulture material on there…

the diary of a somewhat brassy & campy lady…

it started out as a the outlet of a desperate woman…it became a tell-all

Markella has been called pretentious, gullible, flighty and campy. She is also blunt, brutally honest and very sensitive. Some women consider her an icon of society and fashion, others brush her off as a brassy butterfly from the criminal world, one that has no place among the social and fashionable elite. Markella knows that this comes with the territory. After all she is the wife of a notorious crime boss. Nick is a renowned card cheat, mobster and legendary boss. They make quite the couple. Some love them, some hate them, while so many love to hate them. An unexpected situation develops and push comes to shove. This turn of events sparked her burning desire to share what she knows with the world. She has seen so much in her life and now feels like she is about to burst at the seams. But she can’t talk about these things to anyone. It isn’t permitted. She decides to write it all out anyway, in her red book. So Markella brings a chatty diary to life, filled with information about her husband, Nick. Markella takes time to get her thoughts together, expressing half of what she is thinking in her diary. She writes in her slow burn style. Sometimes staccato and sometimes rambling, sometimes brash and often politically incorrect, she fills the pages of her journal with their unusual story. Their life is drenched with crime, mystery, eccentricity, double-crossers, and dripping with the unique flavors of Greece, New York, and Osaka. Her diary is soaked through and through with gossip, romance and a touch of the metaphysical. But is what she writes in this diary true? Are these pages filled with what she really feels and what she really knows to be true? Something terribly wrong comes to light…but what really happened? You be the judge.

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looking for a novel that is different?

one that reads like a surreal painting?

a family saga filled with eccentric characters?

historical fiction and magical realism?





working hard…

Excited about my new book that is coming out…It’s a fascinating experience for me to create a ‘different’ type of novel… It is a bit surreal, a bit ‘historical’ and a bit ‘gothic’.

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everyone has their own “madeleine”


what is your madeleine?

Proust traveled back in time to his childhood on a journey that was fueled by the intense memories that surfaced after eating a small morsel of a madeleine. The scent and the taste brought him back to the time many decades before, when he would eat madeleines with his aunt. And the book, a 6 volume masterpiece, flowed on from there…

“…presently my aunt would dip a little madeleine in the boiling infusion, whose taste of dead leaves or faded blossom she so relished, and hand me a piece when it was sufficiently soft.”

– marcel proust in “rememberance of things past”

“I raised to my lips a spoonful of the cake . . . a shudder ran through my whole body and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary changes that were taking place.”

marcel proust in “rememberance of things past”

Now in a convenient eBook bundle, this Modern Library edition provides the most authoritative, critically acclaimed translation of Marcel Proust’s masterpiece in six volumes, In Search of Lost Time, which includes Swann’s Way, Within a Budding Grove, The Guermantes Way, Sodom and Gomorrah, The Captive, The Fugitive, and Time Regained.