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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 member of the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame. Her newest publication is LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia (West Virginia University Press), which she co-edited with Jeff Mann. Her latest young adult novel, Quiver, was published by Three Rooms Press ...more

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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 spec…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)
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Two Truths

Two Truths
I loved my papaw. My papaw was a racist.
That first sentence was easy to write. The second one was incredibly difficult. Even now, looking at those black words on the white screen, I’m tempted to back space over them. To erase them. But like a lot of Americans in general and Southerners in particular right now, I am learning that you can’t just keep the truths you like and erase the one Read more of this blog post »
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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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