Thank you Indian Book Reviews

Do same-sex relationships help to soothe scarred people? Yes & no.

Conversations with author Pauletter Mahurin, who wrote The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, via emails and messages have always been a pleasure. She’s passionate about many facts of life, animal rescue and rehabilitation toping the list. She talks to IBR about her book, the very true-to-real-life plot, her writing inspirations, and more… Read on.

Shana Susan Ninan: I cried when I read your book. I cried ‘cos I could relate to the various characters and the direction of the plot. When you wrote the story did you think of how the reader would react?

Paulette Mahurin: First let me say thank you so much Shana for having me over to your great site, for your time and generosity in reading and reviewing my book, and helping to shine a light on tolerance.

I’ve had feedback from several readers that the story made them cry, the ending in particular which unexpectedly reveals the unintended consequence of acts of hatred.  I could relate to the characters as well which may sound odd being that I am the author of the work but in reality they spoke to me and told me their stories, some through people I know and have worked with, one person in particular who committed suicide because he was gay, others from things I read about the history of lesbians, and then the varied emotions I see surrounding me in every day life, inside my head and that of others. We are all shades of the human condition, no one escapes loss and death, and some of us with compassionate hearts, sensitive souls, see these things even in fictionalized stories.

I felt the reader would react as all humans react when faced with anything, through their own subjective personal experience, conditioning, emotions, and knew it’d be all over the place. The reviews reflect this from hating it because it has a lesbian protagonist and it violates their belief system to loving it and finding God through the words of the story. I kid you not; one reader wrote to the book’s Facebook page this story helped her find her God. That floored me. I’m a practical person and don’t hold out a lot of expectations which lends to some lovely surprises as I move along in this journey called life.

SSN: How did this storyline come to you?

PM: I had been working with a person who was in the closet (as a medical provider) here in the United States. The person was tortured and abused as a child and shared this with me in confidence. It weighed on me and was present in my mind while I was in a writing class and came across a photo of two women, dressed circa turn of the twentieth century. We had to do an exercise using a photo and write a ten-minute mystery. The two factors melded together and out came the theme of the story line—a lesbian couple on the frontier afraid of being found out. It continued to haunt me after that class was over, demanding I write about it. Out poured the story, which was published six years later. The time lag was due to my having a chronic illness and limited time to put into writing as well as the amount of research and editing that all went into the book.

To read the rest of the interview click on link below:

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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41 Responses to Thank you Indian Book Reviews

  1. tazzielove says:

    That’s a really thorough great interview. Really digs in.

  2. 68ghia says:

    If you reached only one person with the book P, you would have won already.
    As it is, you’ve reached many more than just one and that is a great victory.

  3. sknicholls says:

    What a great interview. I am glad that you told how it all started for you writing the story. Many have asked me why I wrote what I wrote, and all I can really say is, “It was a story that needed to be told.”

  4. fournier0917 says:

    “We are all shades of the human condition” which your book and care for others so clearly suggests. Some of we intended humans, have been granted the good fortune of exchanging ideas and thoughts with you, and I for one will forever be thankful for the privilege. And the beat goes on for your book as it should, so all’s well. JJ

  5. Fabulous questions by the interviewer and in-depth responses. I enjoyed reading this ‘probe’ about your book. Good for you, Paulette and once again congratulations.

  6. tazzielove says:

    Reblogged this on tazziesplace and commented:
    Deep probing interview between Paulette and Shana Susan Ninan, from India.

  7. gita4elamats says:

    What a great interview! Congrats!
    I really ‘liked’ Bryce Courtney’s April Fool’s Day.

  8. ChgoJohn says:

    A great interview and interesting read. Thank you for participating so honestly.

  9. FlaHam says:

    Paulette, Having been over a year since I read and review you novel, I have been honored by seeing so many other people review this word or engage in a serious conversation about it constantly amazes me the depth of understanding coming from so many different corners. Your book has reached and touched so many people, with so many passions, and still praised by so many. I do so look forward to future books. Thank you Bill

    • Thank you so much, Bill. I’m humbled by your kind words. I mean that. Honestly, when I started to write the book it was for me, being home with Lyme disease and having a lot of down time on my hands, and never dreamed it would even make it to a cover. Then when it did, I thought if one person (other than supportive family and friends) read and liked it that would be incredible. And, it was. But all this, and that profits are going to animals in the memory of a dog that was with me day in and day out through my illness and kept me alive, keeps my heart so full. I’m truly grateful beyond description that I get to be a small light on tolerance and also able to do a little more good to help animals. To share with wonderful friends like you is the absolute best icing. Please take care of yourself.

  10. Clowie says:

    That was an interesting interview. it was nice to learn a little more about how the book came to be and its effects on people.

    • Thank you, Clowie. Yes, the acorn that grew this tree was a collision of several factors that in writing also helped me heal from a tick bite that took my life for many years. (still have some relapses but overall I have my life back). Finding meaning and purpose when ones life is ripped away is a pretty astonishing experience. I love to write and every day give thanks for my vision, that arthritis isn’t preventing my fingers from pounding the keys, and my brain is still lucid enough to pump out the words. Writing is a friend to me. Someone else liking what I have to say-the bonus. You’ve been a great supportive friend in my process here with entering cyberville and I can’t thank you enough. 🙂

  11. Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon says:

    Thanks Paulette for this great find! I’ll be going to it this to my Goodreads book List. And I Thank you for taking time to stop by my Little Recovery Blog! 🙂 *Catherine*

    • Bless your sweet heart, Catherine. Honestly, it’s a little embarrassing to visit new cyber sites wearing a book cover. I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful comment that you made to a woman, a mother, who experienced the worst nightmare and is living in so much pain. Your heart moved me.

      BTW: I downloaded your book and tweeted that I just bought it. Hope it helps in your wonderful endeavor to help others. And, for anyone else who sees this and needs help with the stigma of mental illness or is suffering with it here’s a book for you:

      Love, Paulette

  12. You have a way with others. You bring darkness into light and light into darkness. I don’t always agree, based on spiritual foundations, but you have a genuinely kind heart.

  13. I’m running out of way to say congratulations to you, my awesome friend!

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