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Mandy Mikulencak

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Mandy Mikulencak has been a writer her entire working life. First, as a journalist, then as an editor and PR specialist for two national nonprofits and a United Nations agency. Today she lives in the mountains of Southwest Colorado with her husband. Her historical novel, THE LAST SUPPERS, was released by Kensington Publishing in late 2017. Her next book, FORGIVENESS ROAD, comes out in March 2019.

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Mandy Mikulencak First, DON'T GIVE UP! My first novel was rejected by 90 literary agents. It took writing three more books before I landed my amazing agent, JL…moreFirst, DON'T GIVE UP! My first novel was rejected by 90 literary agents. It took writing three more books before I landed my amazing agent, JL Stermer. Rejection is part of every stage of publishing, even after your book is published. Second, find an online community of writers, follow agents on Twitter, and learn about the industry before you even start querying your book. Third, READ, READ, READ. (less)
Mandy Mikulencak The idea for the novel originated several years ago when I was visiting with my dear friend, Katrina. She’d stumbled upon a website that listed the…moreThe idea for the novel originated several years ago when I was visiting with my dear friend, Katrina. She’d stumbled upon a website that listed the final words of death row inmates in the Texas correctional system. Some of the entries also listed what the inmate requested for his last meal. She told me about a young man who only wanted Frosted Flakes and milk. We talked about the poignancy of that image, and how inmates’ last requests have more to do with memory and loss, than they do of hunger and pleasure. I knew right then that I wanted to write a novel exploring the connection of food to emotion. However, the book became so much more than food fiction. Many of the issues featured in the book (set in 1950s Louisiana) are relevant today, such as racism, poverty, prisoners' rights, social justice, and sexual inequality. The book definitely sparks discussion and debate. It's a great novel for book clubs in that respect.(less)
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I promised to post a special excerpt from my upcoming novel, Forgiveness Road, if more than 500 people added it to their to-be-read lists on Goodreads. So here goes! Let me set the scene. It’s 1970s Mississippi. Sixteen-year-old Cissy Pickering has killed her father to stop him from abusing her little sisters. She’s remanded to a psychiatric hospital. Part of her treatment are sessions with th...

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What a perfect little book! The curmudgeon, Ove, will win readers over with his 'too large heart' and philosophies on life, cars, neighbors, family and being a hardworking, honest man. The supporting characters are richly developed. What a treat to s ...more
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Silvera's unique concept is phenomenal but the execution is lacking at times. Still, he is an important voice in young adult fiction and should be rightly judged on his body of work -- which is held in high regard. The problem I had with this particu ...more
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Loved the author's ability to create a rich, vibrant and detailed world within a single hotel. The language is gorgeous, as is the dialogue of a cast of well-developed, eccentric, fascinating characters. I enjoyed this immensely. This hefty book, tho ...more
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