The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
Book Review Talk with Author Paulette Mahurin.
Paulette MahurinDo you write under a pseudonym? Why or Why not? First let me say a big thank you for having me over for a visit and interview at your great site. I have no reason to write under a pseudonym and have never given it much thought. What is the name of your latest book, and what’s it about? The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. It takes place after the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde, and is about the fall out his prison sentence has on a small Nevada ranching town, a lesbian couple in particular. It’s a chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences and how love and friendship heal. What genre/s does your latest book fall under? Historical fiction. Are you a trained writer (degreed) or a natural? Natural. Who is your target audience for your latest book? Anyone older than twelve. The general theme is anti-bullying, bigotry, and intolerance, with scenes written so not to be exclusive. What point of view do you typically write from and why? The character involved in the scene and then the narrative descriptive voice. It personalizes the characters to speak from their perspective with the narrative strongly focusing on the inner thoughts, to give reality and depth to the characters involved in the scenes. I try to write so I don’t pull the reader off the story line as it is moving forward. What’s been your inspiration/motivation to write this book? The cruelty and injustice to the GLBT community, and any person or group, that’s been persecuted against, unjustly, because of who they are, their nature, that can no more be changed than a leaf cannot be green, a dog cannot wag its tail, bee buzz, or a spider weave a web, all things of nature, all authentic. I’ve dealt with people in the closet, the anxiety and fear, the pain and torment, all because of energy directed at them, by society since time immemorial, because someone, of some groups, deemed them to not be human, like the rest of us. It’s a shade of Hitler mentality, that any human being is less than any other human being; after all we are all human, are we not? For me the inspiration if about leveling the playing field, being a voice for those too afraid to step forth and speak for themselves. What is the best reviewer comment or compliment you’ve received about this book to date? I love this question, of course, lol. I had another author, a bestselling author read it and bless his heart take the time to write a review. He wrote that stories can do two things; entertain and enlighten–went on to write that mine did both. It’s received a lot of reviews on amazon, a lot of great reviews, from authors, educators, the GLBT community, editors, readers, but the words of this particular one summed up all of them, that it entertained (lot write they couldn’t put it down) and that it taught him something, enlightened him (a lot have also written that it got them thinking…). What has been your biggest challenge to overcome as a writer? In the early stages of development, when I was anxious to share with friends and other writers, some of the feedback was brutal. I’ve learned to step back and see that there’s no control over what someone is going to think about it and there’s nothing I can do but put it out, do my best to let go, hopefully with dignity, and move on. What has been your most exciting moment as an author? It’s been well received, featured in large circulating press, national magazines, featured by a prestigious Art Center’s Literary Branch as their pick for read of the month, received over 100 reviews on amazon, was labeled by amazon #3 kindle store best seller (a few weeks ago) and is #1 in the search for “Persecution in Books”, plus two of the largest GLBT newspapers (one national, one Chicago’s largest) took it for review, even with all of this, the thing that made me feel the most rewarded (outside of sending profits to save animals – all profits are to rescue animals) was something a lesbian woman posted on my Facebook page, and I paraphrase, that she said it changed her life, for the better. That will live in my heart forever. Who are your favorite authors and are you reading any books now? If so, what? There are just too many great authors to point out one. I love the classic ones: Steinbeck, Harper Lee, etc. but then I’ve read some brilliant work by a few of the Indie author’s I’ve had the luck to find recently. I Just finished reading Chasm, by David Felder, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Have a stack to choose from next. What website and/or social networks can people use to keep up with you? Here’s are all my links: thank you for this opportunity. http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/35683-the-persecution-of-mildred-dunlap And, a five kindle giveaway through Valerie Bowen’s blog site: http://www.opusnpen.com/contest.html If you could say anything to your current and future readers, what would it be? To anyone who has bought my book, reviewed my book, featured it on their blog sites, or newspaper, or magazine, or spread he word in any way my heart felt thank you, in the name of TOLERANCE and SAVING ANIMALS (getting those sad faces out of cages and into their forever homes-I’ve provided the link with my links to the shelter all profits from the book are going to, Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA) Where can readers buy your books? AMAZON.COM:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=The+persecution+of+mildred+Dunlap AMAZON U.K.
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