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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 and is a 2016 Library Journal Self-e Selection.

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.



I now author my blogs Surrender, Dorothy and Surrender, Dorothy: Reviews and am the senior editor for BlogHer.com. I'm on the board for the Writers Place
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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)
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In my last post, I talked about how my cat Kizzy has been a dick lately. Shortly after I wrote that post, I took Kizzy to the hospital for a week. Last year he had PU surgery because he kept getting blocked -- he couldn't pee -- which can be fatal within 48 hours. After the surgery, I thought he couldn't get blocked again.

I was wrong.

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