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Willard Thompson

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in Jamaica, New York, The United States
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John Steinbeck, A.B. Gutherie, Jr. Wallace Stegner, Louise Erdrich

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Willard Thompson is an award-winning historical fiction writer, lecturer and historian living in Montecito, California with his wife Jo. His Newest novel, THE GIRL FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE, will be published in March 2019. In it he tells the stroy of a young California girl who goes to Paris during the Belle Epoque to become an artist with the Impressionist painters.
Raised at a desolate California lighthouse by men, when abandoned by her mother, Emma Dobbins was never trained to be a dutiful wife, but at an early age she discovered her rare artistic talent. When she goes to Paris, France, in 1869, Frenchmen fall in love with her beautiful face and lustrous dark hair. Some want to paint her, others to court her, but either way she does not abide
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Willard Thompson Writer's block is often a sign that something isn't quite right. The solution is often told and seldom taken: Keep writing. When I have writer's block…moreWriter's block is often a sign that something isn't quite right. The solution is often told and seldom taken: Keep writing. When I have writer's block, which isn't too often, I ask my characters to help me. I write them questions about the story. If I listen well enough to their answers they tell me what to correct. In each of my three historical novels I have rewritten the endings because me characters have told me the origin endings weren't "right".(less)
Willard Thompson I have just finished Their Golden Dreams, the third historical novel in my Chronicles of Callfornia series. There are generational stories that trace …moreI have just finished Their Golden Dreams, the third historical novel in my Chronicles of Callfornia series. There are generational stories that trace the history of early California through the Spanish, Mexican and American periods. I thought I would take some time off, but I am possessed by a story idea that is part family history. So I am beginning the process all over again. It keeps me out of trouble.(less)
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