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Erika Mailman

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Erika Mailman is the author of The Witch's Trinity (Random House, 2007), a novel about a medieval woman accused of witchcraft, and Woman of Ill Fame (Heyday Books, 2007), about a Gold Rush prostitute. She has also published two non-fiction books about Oakland history, and is a columnist for the Montclarion newspaper in Oakland. She is a graduate of the MFA program in poetry at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and currently teaches novel writing through www.mediabistro.com. Her first novel took her eight years to write and is unpublishable. She figured out how to outline, and wrote the first draft of her second novel in one month--and it's now in print (Woman of Ill Fame).

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Erika Mailman I make myself just write ANYTHING. Get the pen (or the cursor) moving. If I let myself remain motionless, then I tend to start looking at social media…moreI make myself just write ANYTHING. Get the pen (or the cursor) moving. If I let myself remain motionless, then I tend to start looking at social media and email instead of writing, so I force myself to write crappily just to get the crappy juices flowing.(less)
Erika Mailman What a hard question! Why did I ever ask that of you? LOL. For me, the woodcuts of medieval Germany with their bleak, crude lines helped me get in the…moreWhat a hard question! Why did I ever ask that of you? LOL. For me, the woodcuts of medieval Germany with their bleak, crude lines helped me get in the mood. I'm a very visual person so that artwork provided a great way to sink into that world. I credit Brueghel's The Hunters in the Snow for my envisioning the village of Tierkinddorf, where The Witch's Trinity takes place.(less)
Average rating: 3.53 · 1,199 ratings · 227 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
The Witch's Trinity

3.49 avg rating — 1,109 ratings — published 2007 — 13 editions
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Woman of Ill Fame

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Oakland's Neighborhoods

3.89 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2005
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Oakland Hills

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Call me Lizzie Borden of the Lobelias.

I love plants and flowers and never intend to do them harm, but alas have some penchant for spelling their demises. Cacti, which apparently are very difficult to murder, have lapsed and sagged under my attentions. Ficus have browned. Spider plants have woven their own webby cauls and collapsed. However!

I have had good luck recently. I have not one but TWO... Read more of this blog post »
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Really enjoyed this fast-paced thriller. All the joys of police work and forensics, with the pleasure of Victorian life and manners. Kendra's a great character.
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Just read this...missed it as a teen. It's a wonderful survival book and I read it in two sittings. I liked seeing Brian rise to the challenges of his situation and not give up.
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Really enjoyed this. Was given a free download through Stephanie Dray's fantastic newsletter, and was pleasantly surprised by the depth and scope of this novel. She shouldn't give it away for free, LOL! I felt like I learned a lot about ancient Egypt ...more
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A book I didn't want to put down--and I very rarely feel that way. This incredible debut has a plot that keeps surprising (and what a great premise it is), a character we truly like, and a light touch of romance to keep us turning pages. Taylor has a ...more
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“I didn't know what I thought of heaven above us or hell deep below, the fires supposed to be constantly stoked and tended. I was afraid to tell her what I feared: that both places were kingdoms of air...And for all the praying I've done in my life, I fear that prayers are bits of grain the birds drop to the wind.”
Erika Mailman, The Witch's Trinity

“If a fox shall bear down upon the rabbit and take its neck between its teeth, the rabbit shall understand, for the rabbit itself bites down upon the grasses of the field. And as the large insect eats the smaller, it too is eaten, by a bird that flushes down from the air to complete a cycle.”
Erika Mailman, The Witch's Trinity

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