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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)
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The Witch's Trinity

3.48 avg rating — 1,049 ratings — published 2007 — 13 editions
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3.91 avg rating — 66 ratings — published 2007 — 2 editions
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Oakland's Neighborhoods

3.89 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2005
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"Something happened today that's going to upset you."

"Something in world news?"

"Yes. And it will affect you personally. Should I tell you?"

"I don't know." I was thinking about getting the kids off to school and I didn't want to sink into a whirlpool of grief until they were dressed and out the door.

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It was a bit slow in the beginning (for the first twenty pages or so, anyway) and to be honest I thought my general dislike of Irmeltrud as a character would spoil the whole book for me. It didn't.

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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.”
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