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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 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).

Me, courtesy of buddy Susan Spann
This last weekend at Sacramento's Capitol Book Festival was a great event. I enjoyed meeting authors and readers and reconnecting with a few folks from long ago. I noticed an interesting thread that went through several panels: the idea of a supernatural way in which a story presents itself to an author. Here's the rundown:

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Average rating: 3.49 · 946 ratings · 200 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
The Witch's Trinity
3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 885 ratings — published 2007 — 13 editions
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Woman of Ill Fame
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 2007 — 2 editions
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Oakland Hills
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2004
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Oakland's Neighborhoods
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2005
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Historical fiction has come out on top in our poll to decide May's read. May is going to be the month of witches so our historical read will focus on witches and witchcraft, whether the the Salem Witch Trials, or the European witch hunts. Choose wisely! Last day to vote will be Monday, April 15.

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