Guest Post @apennyandchange: “I am a lesbian, in the closet, born in 1862…”

Guest Post by Paulette Mahurin

Today’s guest post is by Paulette Mahurin, the author of The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. In case you haven’t read the book, a short synopsis is included before the guest post, to give you the flavor of Mahurin’s work. I admit that I wasn’t familiar with her writing before this blog tour, but I’m definitely a fan now. Her novel is fast-paced and keeps readers wondering, or dreading, what will happen next. In addition, this wonderful woman donates proceeds to a no kill animal rescue. She reflects her values in her writing and through her actions.

Feel free to comment and ask questions. Paulette will be checking in today to talk to everyone and reply to your questions.

Welcome Paulette!


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Paulette Mahurin

Paulette Mahurin’s Guest Post

Voices For Change

I spent the last fifteen years of my life half-dead, homebound, stricken with Lyme disease, from a tick I got after rescuing a dog destined for death in a kill shelter.

While the downside was obvious to me immediately, the debility, the cardiac valve enlargement, meningitis, crippling arthritis, exhaustion unrelieved by any rest; the upside is still becoming apparent to me, even after I have regained 95% of my health, and that is my thinking has changed. I have come to realize that the heart knows what the mind can never comprehend, of all that is possible. It is from this realization that I write today, perhaps in a hope (however naïve that may be) that there will be a heart that will awaken to something new, about tolerance.

During the years of illness, I wrote, and completed my novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, a story about the impact of the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde, for homosexual activity, on a small Nevada ranching town, a lesbian couple in particular who had not as of yet been found out. I spent an enormous amount of time researching the history of Gays and Lesbians; needless to say what I found was sobering. It haunted me. It changed me. In my acknowledgment, I wrote the usual thank you mentions to my family, friends who helped with the read, my editors, my publisher, and then I wrote, Lastly, to all those silent voices that have perished at the hands of hatred, I am grateful for your lives. I have to wonder if I heard your agonized whispers in the middle of the night. Wake me up you did, to what it is to suffer at the hands of prejudice over the color of your skin, the legacy of your genetic heritage, your sexual preference, and in many, your authentic selves that dared to differ from the norm. 

If they could speak to you today, what would they say?

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“I am a lesbian, in the closet, born in 1862, …”

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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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One Response to Guest Post @apennyandchange: “I am a lesbian, in the closet, born in 1862…”

  1. icittadiniprimaditutto says:

    Reblogged this on i cittadini prima di tutto.

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