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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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I just watched the last episode of season 2 of The Man in the High Castle. At one point, a character is rightfully freaking the hell out, and as he leaves, her husband just says, "I love you."

Everything's about to hit the fan. He really should explain himself. But he doesn't.

All my life, I've been an over-explainer, a justifier. If I've learned anything in the past few months, it's that most...

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