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Amre Cortadino, the author's pen name, pays homage to her rich heritage. Her paternal grandmother (Corti) raised 12 children during the Depression (her husband passed away shortly after their last set of twins was born). Amre's maternal grandfather's surname, Palladino, was altered at Ellis Island and is therefore lost to history...
For Amre, growing up in small town America during the 1950s was a magical place to learn and draw from. Amre has been blessed with the beliefs, values and drive that come from sitting on the front pew of a small church in an even smaller town in New Jersey.
One of three children born to a milkman and an accordion teacher from large Italian families, God, family and friends were the mainstay of existence. Throughout grammar school and high school, every occasion was celebrated by parades, school plays, Sunday School picnics, and tons of family.
Married 30-plus years, with four children and two grandchildren, Amre infuses her faith, friendships, humor, previous business and life experiences in her passion for writing.
Some of Amre's previous opportunities include home-schooling her four children, one of whom is autistic/pervasive developmental disorder; medical transcription; a bachelor's degree in health science; and certifications and service as a childbirth educator (ICEA) and lactation consultant (IBCLC).
Keeping chickens is also one of Amre's pastimes.