Notre Dame College Celebrates National Novel Writers' Month with Alumnae Authors

Notre Dame College is celebrating November as National Novel Writers’ Month featuring four of its very own in “An Evening of Words and Ideas.”

Four alumnae of the College who have reached success in novel writing will discuss “The Rise of the Novel” in a free and open-to-the-public discussion on Monday, November 6, from 5:30-7 p.m. in The Great Room, located on the third floor of the College’s Administration Building.

The writers and their featured works are: Sr. Kathleen Glavich, SND, ’72, “The Fisherman’s Wife: The Gospel According to St. Peter’s Wife” (WestBowPress 2013); Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, ’74, “The Whole World for Arizona Dakota: A Story of the Pennsylvania Oil Boom” (CreateSpace Independent Publishing 2017); Christy Carlson ’07, “The Billionaire Bodyguard” (CreateSpace Independent Publishing 2013); and Marissa Ortosky ’16, “Intersections at Mayfield and Green: Stories of South Euclid’s First Century” (South Euclid-Lyndhurst Historical Society Publications 2017).

Quinlan, Ph.D., a professor of English and communication at Notre Dame, also is the editor of the recently released “Intersections at Mayfield and Green,” which was penned by students, including Ortosky, during different writing courses at the College over the last several years. In addition, Quinlan contributed a chapter to and edited a third book published this year, “Centennial South Euclid 11917-2017.” The Centennial and Intersections books commemorate the 100th anniversary celebration of the city of South Euclid, Ohio.

During the Novel Writers' Month event, Lynn Zimmerman, Ph.D., chair of Notre Dame’s arts and humanities division and assistant professor of English, will lead the discussion that will include, along with the novelists, Stacey Clemence, municipal liaison of Cleveland Novel Writers’ Month (CleNoWriMo), and Laurie Kincer, writing specialist at the William N. Skirball Writers' Center located in the Cuyahoga County Public Library, South Euclid-Lyndhurst branch.

The evening will highlight perspectives on a number of diverse literature topics, from scripture to romance, along with the trials and tribulations of and opportunities for getting original works published. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Quinlan by email at or by phone at 216.373.5230.

About the Authors and their Works

Sr. Kathleen Glavich ’72, “The Fisherman’s Wife: The Gospel According to St. Peter’s Wife”

Glavich has authored numerous books on the Bible for all ages. From the time she was a preteen, she has loved fiction books about Bible characters and has ventured as far away as Dubai to give talks on Scripture. In The Fisherman's Wife, Glavich takes the reader into the world of first-century Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee. This is the hometown of St. Peter's wife. In her down-to-earth style, Glavich lets the reader see what it was it like to be a Jewish woman married to a man who leaves home for long stretches of time to follow Jesus, a controversial preacher with mysterious powers. By book’s end, the reader will feel as though he or she knows the people who walk through the Bible at the time of Jesus. From then on, hearing and reading their stories in Scripture will never be the same.

Sr. Eileen Quinlan ’74, “The Whole World for Arizona Dakota: A Story of the Pennsylvania Oil Boom”

After the Civil War, oil producers became millionaires in western Pennsylvania, while working-class families made ends meet in towns like Titusville. In her gritty novel of 1870 Pennsylvania, Quinlan focuses on thirteen-year-old Arizona Dakota "Kode" Long, who has to make serious choices at her young age: helping her mother with household tasks and the care of four brothers, earning extra money to supplement her father's income as a harness maker, and struggling for the chance to go to high school. The pressures of her father's drinking and her mother's illness force Kode to let go of one of her most cherished dreams and enter the world of adult responsibilities.

Christy Carlson ’07, “The Billionaire Bodyguard”

Under the nom de plume Kristi Avalon, Carlson presents a spellbinding plot around Allison Dupree, who knows she shouldn't mix business with pleasure, especially when she's running from her past. Her story combines romance, money, power, manipulation and dangerous threats into a serious drama in which billionaire CEO Logan Stone is used to getting what he wants—and he wants the future with Allison that she keeps denying him. This is the first in a series for Carlson.

Marissa Ortosky ’16, “Intersections at Mayfield and Green: Stories of South Euclid’s First Century”

“Intersections” is a compilation of short stories written by Notre Dame College students over the past five years on the history of South Euclid, Ohio, to celebrate the Centennial anniversary of the city Notre Dame calls home. Ortosky contributed significant copy to five of the seven chapters of the book, each of which chronicles major milestones and historical documentation of the city’s first 100 years.

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About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or


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