Who We Are
Peter J. Mongeau, Publisher and Senior Editor
Peter J. Mongeau founded Tuscany Press, Tuscany Prize and Tuscany Films to unite faith and culture through books and film. He has worked in the financial services industry in New York and Boston. His first passion, after his family, God and the Catholic Church, is searching for great storytellers in written form and film. After many years of not finding a great source of contemporary fiction with a Catholic perspective, he realized that the publishing industry was simply not inviting authors of Catholic fiction to step forward. His response was to begin a publishing house devoted to Catholic fiction. By June of 2012 he was ready to launch Tuscany Press with a mission to discover, publish and make known worthy Catholic fiction: stories infused with the presence of God – subtly, symbolically, or deliberately.
Next, he created the Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction and Film. The annual prize is awarded to the top three Catholic fiction manuscripts for a Novel, and a top Young Adult Novel. In addition, the Tuscany Prize is awarded to the best ten unpublished Catholic fiction Short Stories. In 2014, Tuscany Films and the Tuscany Prize for Film was founded to distribute films of faith and story for the wide screen.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University and a Master in Business Administration from Boston College. He and his wife Kelley have been married for over 25 years and they have four children from teenagers to young adults.
Peter speaks to gatherings of writers (ex. League of Vermont Writers), literary groups and parishes about Literature, Faith in Fiction and Film, the Catholic Imagination, Catholic Fiction, and the 21st Century of Publishing. Please contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to book him for a speaking engagement.
Joseph O’Brien is an award-winning journalist and a poet. He attended Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, California, and graduated with a masters in English Literature from the University of Dallas, Irving, Texas. He lives with his wife and nine children on a homestead in the Driftless region of rural southwest Wisconsin. He is the staff writer for The Catholic Times of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Sarah Laurell, Editor
Sarah Laurell is an editor with a special passion for young adult fiction. She graduated summa cum laude from Southern Catholic College with her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She spent three years at Saint Benedict Press where she helped launch Catholic Courses as managing editor for authors and professors including Joseph Pearce and Anthony Esolen. After the birth of her second child, Sarah decided to work from home pursuing her passion for the precision of the written word and the craft of story-telling.
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