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Rita Arens

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My debut young adult novel is The Obvious Game from InkSpell Publishing. The Obvious Game is available in paperback and ebook (all formats) online at Kobo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, InkSpell Publishing and Indiebound. If you are a librarian and are having trouble finding my book, please write me at ritajarens@gmail.com to purchase the book at the 40% author discount price.

Together with Stacy Morrison and Julie Ross Godar, I edited ROOTS (Open Road, 2013). My work has appeared in BlogHer Voices of the Year: 2012 (Open Road, 2012) and Kirtsy Takes a Bow (Bright Sky Press, 2009).

I edited Sleep Is for the Weak (Chicago Review Press, 2008), which won a 2009 National Parenting Publications Award.



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Rita Arens I deal with writer's block by reading books, lots of different genres. Also short stories -- their brevity often drives home a central point better…moreI deal with writer's block by reading books, lots of different genres. Also short stories -- their brevity often drives home a central point better than a novel and gets me thinking about what message I want to bring to my readers with that particular novel. (less)
Rita Arens I've never had anyone frown when I told them I am a writer. Usually their eyebrows raise. It's nice.
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