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John Copenhaver

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DODGING AND BURNING (Pegasus Crime) is Copenhaver's debut novel. He has been awarded an Artist Fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities for four consecutive years. In 2015, he launched and continues to maintain a crime fiction column for the Lambda Literary website called “Blacklight.” His short fiction has appeared in Glitterwolf Magazine, Roanoke Review, and Gaslight, the Lambda Emerging Voices Anthology. He won the 2015 Larry Neal Writers’ award for short fiction, and was first runner-up in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest and the Narrative Magazine Winter Story Contest. He’s a graduate of GMU's MFA program in fiction. He currently chairs the 7-12 English Department at Flint Hill School in Oakton, VA and ...more

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John Copenhaver All the free booze. No, there’s no free booze. In truth, after a long journey with DODGING AND BURNING, it’s profoundly satisfying to have readers…moreAll the free booze. No, there’s no free booze. In truth, after a long journey with DODGING AND BURNING, it’s profoundly satisfying to have readers engaging with it. It feels validating: Look, folks, all that time I was telling you I was writing, I really was. It wasn’t just wishful thinking. I made something. It’s real.
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John Copenhaver Write a book that matters; don’t write just to publish. We don’t need more books; we need more good books. Hard work and perseverance are essential to…moreWrite a book that matters; don’t write just to publish. We don’t need more books; we need more good books. Hard work and perseverance are essential to being a published writer. If you don’t like to work or think writing is easy, this isn’t the right field for you. If you have a vision for what you’re writing, that vision will see you through the gauntlet of rejection you’re sure to experience. Read deeply (not just broadly) and, when you write, remember your readers: What are their needs? How can you be clearer for them? How can you entertain them? How can you challenge them? How can you move them?
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I’M A HUGE FAN of podcasts and audiobooks. They’re my constant commuting and traveling companions. So of course, I’m thrilled to announce that the audiobook version of Dodging and Burning by Blunder Woman Productions is available on iTunes, Scribd, DownpourAudiobooks.comAudiobooksNowLibroFM (to support your local bookstore), and other retailers. It’s also available at your local library,...

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