Interview@The Highs, The Lows, The Inbetweens: Not just limited to homophobia, but rather embraces racism and anti-Semitism also.

THE HIGHS, the lows, The Inbetweens

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

1. What types of books do you write?
I’ve written one and it’s a historical fiction, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, which takes place in 1895 after the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde for homosexual activity. It’s about the fallout his prison sentence has on a small Nevada ranching town, a lesbian couple in particular, but is not just limited to homophobia, but rather embraces racism and anti-Semitism also. It’s a story about tolerance, a chronicle in hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences and how love and friendship heal.

2. What is the latest book you have written?
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, which I mentioned above. On Sale, at Amazon, as you can see with many reviews. As well as having been featured in the largest Circulating Press in Ventura County, CA, where I live with my husband, Terry, and our two rescue dogs, Max and Bella.

3. Is it part of a series, if so which one?
It is not part of a series.

4. When did you start writing?

I started writing for fun at the age of ten, it was just something that happened. Writing was my sanctuary, where I felt safe to be myself without worry of retribution or rejection. By the time I was in college, my writing I wrote a couple of award-winning short stories that encouraged me to continue writing. It’s something I love to do, and comes natural for me. I don’t experience much writers block or frustration with the process of writing and look upon that as a gift.

5. Why did you start writing?
All I can say is it just happened, one day the pen was in my hand and I was keeping a diary, writing short stories, poetry,
expressing myself on paper freely, while unable to in other ways of communicating. It was liberating and safe, a wonderful
combination, that I still to this day experience.

6. Who are your influences?

I had a wonderful father, who taught me through unconditional love, you can be anything you make your mind up to be, and while that isn’t necessarily true to writing or any talents or gifts, it helped keep my critic at bay, the voice inside our heads that say we’re not good enough, who would ever read your work, don’t bother, that voice was diminished so it never stopped me. I also been blessed with an amazing writing teacher, Deb Norton in Ojai CA, who taught me things about writing, to expand on the story, to bring in scenes and character development in ways I hadn’t thought of. She helped me
see perspective I had missed on my own. I’ve been blessed with excellent editing and reader’s help with honest feedback
that would ensure the story would win, feedback was given without pretense and that helped me grow. Then there’s the tons of books I read, the masters, the indie authors, all the wonderful writing that helped me see a standard, to get the idea of what is good and what distracts, pulls attention off the story. In this also, I was very blessed that I found great books and I somehow was receptive to learning about different ways of expressing, writing, so that when I was ready, the spontaneity of my own voice came through with greater ease.

7. What can we expect from you in the near future? Book signing events, other details.

I’m at the tail end of Lyme Disease so don’t travel much, but hey, I’m not closed to a miracle happening and a complete cure. If that happens then the sky is the limit. I want to get out there and meet people, because the message of the book is so important, tolerance. And, I want to get out there because another passion, a love in my life, dogs and animal rescue,
benefits by sales since all my profits are going to the first and only no-kill animal shelter in the county where I live, Further details can be found by clicking this link.

Again thank you so much for having me over to chat with you here. If anyone wants to connect with me or get more info on the book you can find us at:
Book Blog


About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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