Ms. Paino’s first book, a Young Adult, Paranormal murder mystery, To Live and Die for Dance, received recognition from the Purple Dragonfly Contest and The Hollywood Book Festival; her children’s book, Mama’s Little Lady, A Special Pony, also received an award from the Purple Dragonfly Book Contest.
Her short stories, “An Unwelcome Image,” a psychological thriller was published in Over My Dead Body, an online mystery magazine, and one of her humorous tales, “A Supermarket Nightmare,” was carried in Funny Times Magazine.
In 2018, writing as F. Della Notte, she created the Housekeeper Mystery Series in the tradition of the clergy amateur sleuths, with a 21st-century twist. The housekeeper isn’t a sidekick; she is the sleuthing equal of the priest. For more information on her crime stories, go to fdellanotte.com
Ms. Paino has had a varied career in the business end of dance, working for many dance notables, schools, and companies, including Dance Theater of Long Island under Artistic Director Ali Pourfarrokh; Fedicheva Ballet Company, under the artistic direction of the late Kaleria Fedicheva; the Eglevsky Ballet Company, again with Artistic Director Ali Pourfarrokh and the American Theater Dance Workshop, school. Her passion for ballet, opera, and history fuel much of her writing.
Ms. Paino is an active member of the Writers’ League of Texas, Sisters in Crime, Heart of Texas Chapter, and Austin Mystery Writers. She is an alumnus of the Austin’s Citizen’s Police Academy.