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Julia Watts

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Julia Watts is the author of over a dozen novels, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning Finding H.F.., the Lambda Literary and Golden Crown Literary Society Award finalist The Kind of Girl I Am, and the Lambda Literary Award finalist and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning Secret City. She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Tennessee, an M.A. in English from the University of Louisville, and an MFA in Writing from Spalding University. She lives in Knoxville and is a Professor of English at South College and a faculty mentor in Murray State University's low-residency MFA in Writing program. Her last two publications have been collaborative, the novel Rufus + Syd, co-written with Robin Lippincott, and the anthology Unbroken
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Julia Watts Hi, Melinda! It depends on the book. Some books, like SECRET CITY because it's historical, and my forthcoming book QUIVER because it focuses on a…moreHi, Melinda! It depends on the book. Some books, like SECRET CITY because it's historical, and my forthcoming book QUIVER because it focuses on a specific subculture I wanted to "get right" take six months or so of research before I even sit down to start writing anything anybody else is going to read. Once I start drafting, it usually takes me about a year from start to finish. I start out writing longhand like the dinosaur I am, then revise the draft as I type it into the computer. After one more revision, I'm usually ready to show it to some trusted readers and then I give it a good going-over based on their feedback.(less)
Julia Watts If someone tells me "I want to write books, but I hate to read," I'm always puzzled. It's kind of like saying, "I want to be a chef, but I hate to…moreIf someone tells me "I want to write books, but I hate to read," I'm always puzzled. It's kind of like saying, "I want to be a chef, but I hate to eat." Anyone who wants to write should read widely and promiscuously. And as for the writing itself, they shouldn't wait for some divine sense of inspiration to come over them. They should just sit down and do it, every day if possible.(less)
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Finding H.F.

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Wedding Bell Blues

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Secret City

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Women's Studies

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Piece of My Heart

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Phases of the Moon

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Wildwood Flowers

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The Kind of Girl I Am

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Quiver

4.45 avg rating — 22 ratings — expected publication 2018 — 2 editions
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Words you have put into print take on a life of their own. Publications, no matter how small or obscure, never die. That’s why I wasn’t as surprised as I probably should have been when a woman browsing my table of titles at last year’s Kentucky Book Fair said, “You’re ‘The Watts Line’ girl, aren’t you?”

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“But maybe that's one of the important things about America—that somebody would even ask a nobody like me what America means to her. In America, it matters what you think. You can bet that Hitler's not asking his people what Germany means to them. He's telling them what it means to him, and if it doesn't mean the same thing to them, they get shipped off to prison. Here at least a person has the right to complain and to vote and to complain some more if the fellow they vote for doesn't win.”
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