A.B. McFarland

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A. B. McFarland began her passionate love affair with writing when she was a child, and as a young adult, performed her poetry live on FM radio and other venues. She has professionally published newspaper articles and technical documents, and has a Master’s degree in Technical Communication. She enjoys writing realistic fiction about quirky characters, especially those who do not fit traditional gender stereotypes.

Her novel Pieces of Home is set in Seattle, a city she knows well after living there for more than two decades. The novel contains contributions from multiple characters, written in different styles, just as her poetry reflects the personalities of various imaginary characters.

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A.B. McFarland I've always between attracted to things that don't fit the usual stereotypes. In my early teen years (which I've heard shape you more than people…moreI've always between attracted to things that don't fit the usual stereotypes. In my early teen years (which I've heard shape you more than people realize) I was influenced by seeing early 1980's innovative music videos by alternative bands, and by reading psychology books like "Touching" by Ashley Montagu. Later I discovered books like "The Tin Drum" by Gunter Grass and "Mumbo Jumbo" by Ishmael Reed. From those I learned to appreciate when an author can touch the pulse of what's happening socially during a pivotal moment in history. More recently, I have enjoyed character-driven, mind-f*cking, gender-bender mangas like "Pandora Hearts" and "Grand Guignol Orchestra."(less)
A.B. McFarland Sometimes I just wait until I feel inspired, honestly. When the gates open, it is typically a flood, so I don't worry about writer's block much. I…moreSometimes I just wait until I feel inspired, honestly. When the gates open, it is typically a flood, so I don't worry about writer's block much. I think my strategies for dealing with the Inner Critic help prevent a lot of trouble. (See 'advice for aspiring writers' question/answer).(less)
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Pieces of Home

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I write when the pain of holding back the words is greater than the pain of letting them go.
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