Writing has been a lifelong passion for Celine Rose Mariotti of Shelton, who has published books and written for magazines and literary journals. \u201cSince I was a kid, I\u2019ve always loved to write,\u201d Mariotti said. \u201cI took creative writing courses in high school and college.\u201d She began having poems appear in literary magazines in the early 1990s. She had her first book published in 2004. \u201cOlivia MacAllister, Who are You?\u201d was a mystery book for children ages 8 and older. Her newest book is entitled \u201cMinister\u2019s Shoes,\u201d and is part of a planned series with the Rev. Castle, a Baptist minister in Alabama who solves mysteries. The novel is being published by WriteWordsInc.com of Maryland, a small, traditional publisher that pays royalties to authors. Mariotti said the new book\u2019s plot includes missing money, gambling, infidelity, kidnapping, murder and the Rev. Castle\u2019s own arrest. The minister solves the whodunit with guidance from God. \u201cIt is a story of drama, mystery and comedy,\u201d Mariotti said. Been published internationally Mariotti writes for many overseas publications. She pens a monthly column for a magazine in India, and had a primary textbook of essays on U.S. presidents published in India. She\u2019s had work appear in publications in Australia and Scotland, and she had an e-book published in Hong Kong. In the United States, Mariotti\u2019s work has been in literary publications in Arizona, California, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah. She has written for different genres, including young adult science fiction. Most of her work has involved traditional publishers, but some has been self-published, such as a poetry book she titled \u201cThrough Celine\u2019s Eyes.\u201d She has plenty of ideas Mariotti said he has no problem coming up with ideas for stories. \u201cIt just comes to me \u2014 I\u2019ll be reading a book, watching TV, cooking, or even swimming at the community center,\u201d Mariotti said. \u201cThe words just start to flow.\u201d She said she has been inspired by the poetry of Robert Frost. \u201cHis poetry speaks to me,\u201d she said of the famed New England poet. Her poetry covers many subjects, such as her family, hobbies, teddy bears, places where she has traveled, people she admires, and the New York Giants. \u201cI think poetry makes people think,\u201d she said. \u201cIt makes them feel and it makes them connected to the world. I do think more people should read poetry. Poetry is really a form of music and it speaks to the heart.\u201d Big fan of singer Tom Jones Mariotti is a longtime fan of singer Tom Jones. During performances in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, Jones read one of her poems aloud to the audience, she said. \u201cTom Jones loves poetry and coming from the country of Wales, he appreciates the art of poetry as well as the art of song,\u201d she said. Operates a home business Mariotti operates a home business, helping people with resumes, writing projects and business cards. She also makes beaded jewelry and has worked different regular and temporary jobs outside the home. Her experiences in the working world led to her 2010 self-published book, \u201cWhat Corporate America Really is All About.\u201d \u201cI interviewed people around the country about their jobs,\u201d she said of her research for the book. \u201cThere\u2019s a lot of unfairness.\u201d Graduated from Shelton High Mariotti is a lifelong Shelton resident and graduate of Shelton High and Sacred Heart University. She plays the guitar and banjo in her free time. Her mother, Mary Mariotti, helps to edit her work. Her late father, Peter Mariotti, was a helicopter mechanic at Sikorsky Aircraft. Celine Rose Mariotti\u2019s new book, \u201cMinister\u2019s Shoes,\u201d is available in print through Amazon.com or WriteWordsInc.com, and as an e-book on Kindle, Nook and Smashwords.com.