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J. Dylan Yates

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Raised on a tiny, New England peninsula, J. Dylan Yates pursued her BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

THE BELIEF IN Angels, Yates's debut novel, was written over the course of many years while she attempted a number of BFA-related jobs, including: waitressing, teaching, corporate training, real estate, nursing, interior design, directing, acting, producing, library science, parenting and reluctant housewifery.

Yates’s next novel in this series, SZAJA'S STORY, focused on the character created in THE BELIEF IN Angels, details Szaja's harrowing journey to America via the desperate Ukranian refugee work camps of the ’20s, his amazing survival of both the Majdanek death camp and the torpedoing of refugees aboard the Mefkura, and his
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J. Dylan Yates A disciplined approach to my writing is key. My routine is as follows:

1.) Carve two writing days a week from civilian work.
2.) Sit at desk by 7AM…more
A disciplined approach to my writing is key. My routine is as follows:

1.) Carve two writing days a week from civilian work.
2.) Sit at desk by 7AM with coffee, (an entirely new, bad habit acquired after reading about dementia and coffee’s ability to prevent the disease).
3.) Stick to a maximum 1 hour-internet business.
4.) Allow a maximum of 15 minutes of internet play in the morning.
5.) Allow another ½ hour for pretending you’re not playing on the internet.
6.) Must have at least 500 words on the page by 11 or take a walk around the neighborhood and study strangers.
7.) If all goes well, don’t stop writing. Don’t answer the phone or the door or cat. Sit and write and lose time until the light fades or you notice your stomach grumbling.
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When I received the invitation from M.C. Simon to join the My Writing Process Blog Tour I realized I’d be able to use this blog to achieve two goals at once.

First: the opportunity presented here to step away from my own work, meet a new writer, introduce you to some brilliant writers I already know and take a peek at what they’re all working on, is energizing and inspiring. Second: I’ve finall... Read more of this blog post »
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“Last night I dreamt Moses and I were rowing underwater.
We could breathe and talk to one another.
We rowed past schools of fish and sea anemones and Moses named them for me.”
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“...the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again.

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