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Janis Cooke Newman

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Janis Cooke Newman is the author of A Master Plan for Rescue , a magical novel about the surprising acts of heroism that can be inspired by love. She is also the author of Mary , a historical novel about Mary Todd Lincoln. Mary was chosen by USA Today as the best historical fiction of 2006 and was a finalist for the LA Times First Fiction award. She is also the author of The Russian Word for Snow, a memoir about adopting her son from a Moscow orphanage. Both books are available in paperback. Newman is the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference.

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Janis Cooke Newman Free writing really helps. Telling myself I can just write anything and no one will see it. Also, when I get stuck in my story, it's generally because…moreFree writing really helps. Telling myself I can just write anything and no one will see it. Also, when I get stuck in my story, it's generally because I've lost touch with what my character wants. I go back and think about that. Once I've figured it out, the words come back.(less)
Janis Cooke Newman You get to be the god of your fictional world and decide how things will go. Where else do you have that kind of control? It's so much fun!
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Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln

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A Master Plan for Rescue

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Two things inspired my latest novel A Master Plan for Rescue. The first was the story of the St. Louis--the pleasure boat that left Hitler's Germany with 900 Jewish refugees in 1939. Despite the fact that every one of those passengers held a visa for Cuba, when they arrived in Havana harbor, they were refused permission to land.

For days, the St. Louis sailed up and down the coast of Florida--cl... Read more of this blog post »
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“If I was mad, it was in this, that I had believed such a possession would protect me from the assassin.”
Janis Cooke Newman, Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln

“Why is it you sent me to the madhouse?' I said.

Reluctantly, he raised his head. 'You are out now. I don't see the point in asking this.'

'Is it because you loved me?' I persisted. 'Or because you do not?”
Janis Cooke Newman, Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln

“If I was mad, it was in this, that I had believed such a possession would protect me from the assassin. That was my lunacy. For no possession I owned had ever protected anyone I loved.”
Janis Cooke Newman, Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln

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