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Eye of the Beholder

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"First, I want to emphasize that what I say about my books is only my opinion. This may sound weird because I’m the author of my books, but I truly believe that the author’s opinion about their book is largely irrelevant to readers once the book is published. My intentions are on the pages of the book. If I didn’t put it in the book, I don’t believe it’s important to your understanding of the story.
... I’ve learned that...

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A New Anthology: Queer Women in Performing Arts

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This weekend, we were thrilled to announce our call for submissions for a new anthology: Upstaged: queer women in performing arts. This is a project close to my heart as someone who has been on stage as a symphony violinist for the majority of my life and with two children in the arts.

The idea was born after a friend had the opportunity to appear in The Vagina Monologues. As a result, she created a...

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Getting Political

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Happy New Year! 2017 was a heck of a ride. Here's hoping 2018 sees some improvements.

On that front, let's talk politics. No, not so much about the current state of the US government but on a more everyday level. How much is too much to incorporate into a novel? How do authors (and readers) balance political views with the books we write (and consume)?

There are no easy answers, and it obviously varies from person to person. Some people will say that books are an escape and no...

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Escaping into a good book

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It's December already. This month can be hard for a lot of people. Between the increasing darkness, the cold, and the various stresses of the holiday season, it's a tough time for many.

I can't speak for others, and I'm the last person to offer advice on how to get through this time because it's different for everyone. But one thing that helps me is having a good stack of stuff to read.

Books have been my escape, and the characters inside have been my friends, for as many...

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Write what you know

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It's one of the oldest and most common pieces of writerly wisdom: Write what you know.

At a glance, it seems easy to pooh-pooh. After all, science fiction writers have (presumably) never met an alien from the planet Zork, and to my knowledge, no one has personal experience becoming a werewolf. In real-world terms, everyone writes things outside their own lives, even if it's only the main character's age or career or home town.

On the other hand, there's something to that when it comes to certain things, particularly the emotions that ride...

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