The 30 Year Secret: A Journey of Self-Discovery

The 30 Year Secret: A Journey of Self-Discovery

Coming soon from Writestream Publishing and author Samantha Kincaid.

From the Foreword:

As the old saying goes, “Writing is therapy.”

I wrote this book for a multitude of reasons. First, the process of transforming my incredible true story into a fictional tale was therapeutic on a personal level. It helped me to put my actual life events and circumstances into perspective. Within these pages, through the characters of Theresa Chianti and Lucy Napoli, I tried to express my deep gratitude to my mother for giving me the greatest gift I could have ever received after an unplanned conception: a home filled with love, even if lacking in material comforts.

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, where my mother, brother and I lived in a studio apartment with a kitchen and bathroom. None of us had the luxury of a private bedroom; instead we slept on convertible couches, chairs, or cots depending on whomever happened to be visiting. Thanks to our apartment building’s unaddressed infestation, we could always count on the constant companionship of roaches. And while I remember our father as a loving man who always treated me like a princess, his financial irresponsibility meant that my mother worked two grueling waitress  jobs to keep food on the table and send us to Catholic school.

Between the ages of eight and ten, my brother and I were often separated for long periods of time. During the summers we’d live with relatives since my mother had to work. Even though he loved us, my father struggled with his own demons which prevented him from stepping up. Still, I never lacked for love.

Now imagine reaching the age of 30 and receiving news that shatters everything you believed to be true about your life. That’s exactly what happened to me one day when my oldest sister called to request my presence at her house immediately. I assumed she was going to tell me about another death in the family since we’d had more than our share of them at the time. When I arrived, I was struck by how pale she looked and knew that whatever she was about to share was not good. However, I was completely unprepared for what she disclosed.

As it turned out, no one had passed away. But figuratively, all of my beliefs about my birth, childhood and upbringing were destroyed.

A single tear fell from my eye. How could I not know? How was it possible I hadn’t figured it out on my own when the signs had all been there?

So many questions.

Theresa’s journey is my journey. Certain circumstances, places and people have been adapted for fiction but what you are about to read is based on my own life. Whatever you are dealing with, I hope you’ll find inspiration in the strength of maternal love which I know from my own experience transcends biology, legally binding contracts, and financial hardship.

With gratitude and love, I dedicate this book to my mother, a woman who lived for her children. She may not have been perfect but her love for us never failed to reflect the love of God and her devotion to the Catholic faith.

Stay tuned for details as we get closer to the release date.

Cover design by Kimberly McGath.


Robert Livingston

(November 27, 1746 – February 26, 1813)

“We have lived long, but this is the noblest work of our whole lives. . . From this day the United States take their place among the powers of the first rank. . .”

– Robert Livingston on The Louisiana Purchase

Robert Livingston is not a well-known name when one considers the Founding Fathers, but his contributions to the founding of the Republic gave him a place in infamy in John Trumbull’s famous Declaration of Independence painting. Robert Livingston is depicted in the center of the Committee of Five presenting the draft Declaration to the Second Continental Congress. The other four committee members included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Roger Sherman. Livingston was the eldest of nine children and born in New York, a state he would serve in various positions throughout his life. He attended the precursor to Columbia University, King’s College and became a lawyer.

Livingston would pay a high price during the American Revolution when the British would burn down his family home, Clermont Manor, and his own home, Belvedere. His initial step into the world of politics was as Recorder for New York City. He moved on to be the first Chancellor of New York and the moniker “The Chancellor” would follow him the rest of his life. Under the Articles of Confederation, he served as the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs and became a member of the Jeffersonian Republicans in opposition to the Federalists. He was an advocate of the U.S. Constitution. He helped draft the New York Constitution of 1777.

Livingston had the distinction of administering the oath of office to first president George Washington at Federal Hall in New York City, the location of the first capitol. The Bible that Livingston used for the oath is still used to this day at some inaugurations. He went on to serve as the U.S. Minister to France from 1801 to 1804 and negotiated The Louisiana Purchase during that time. The Louisiana Purchase was the acquisition by America of a large portion of land from France, in which America paid $11,250,000 and cancelled $3,750,000 in debts for a total cost of $15 million dollars. This purchase was so vast that it incorporates fourteen of our current states, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, parts of Minnesota that were west of the Mississippi River, most of North Dakota, nearly all of South Dakota, northeastern New Mexico, the portions of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado east of the Continental Divide, and Louisiana west of the Mississippi River, including the city of New Orleans, and two Canadian provinces.

Livingston helped build the first steamboat that was able to take a weeklong trip and convert it into a 60-hour journey. He died in New York and was buried in Tivoli.

— Diane Student

About the Author:  Conservative-libertarian and registered Republican Diane Student is a successful small business owner, talented blogger/proprietor of Freedoms’ Wings Politics, and host of the wildly popular internet radio program Freedom’s Wings. Follow her on twitter @FreedomsWings and like The Freedom’s Wings Show on Facebook.