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Dolen Perkins-Valdez

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Dolen Perkins-Valdezs fiction and essays have appeared or will appear in The Kenyon Review, StoryQuarterly, African American Review, PMS: PoemMemoirStory, North Carolina Literary Review, Richard Wright Newsletter, and SLI: Studies in Literary Imagination. She is a 2009 finalist for the Robert Olen Butler Fiction Award. A graduate of Harvard and a former University of California Presidents Postdoctoral Fellow, Dolen lives in Washington, DC.

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Dolen Perkins-Valdez Oh, Jason, what a question. What a question! I think my answer to this question applies to writing and life. I have stopped caring what the "literary …moreOh, Jason, what a question. What a question! I think my answer to this question applies to writing and life. I have stopped caring what the "literary establishment" thinks of my writing. Instead, I keep my focus on my readers. I also listen to my heart. As long as I am speaking from an authentic place, and my readers are responding with their unvarnished opinions (whether critical or supportive), I feel at peace in the world. The same answer applies to everything else. I strive to be better, but I think I do it for the right reasons these days. :-)(less)
Dolen Perkins-Valdez Hi Cynthia!
I love your question. Why does it seem people don't enjoy the library anymore? I love the library. It is my happy space. My first book WEN…more
Hi Cynthia!
I love your question. Why does it seem people don't enjoy the library anymore? I love the library. It is my happy space. My first book WENCH was inspired by discovering a little-known historical footnote in a biography I was reading. My second book BALM was triggered by my ongoing interest in the Civil War period. I have been known to wander the aisles of university libraries just scanning book spines. I enjoy the process of discovery as much as I enjoy the writing itself. Thanks for your excellent question!(less)
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Did you know that this is Historical Fiction Week on Goodreads? I'm taking questions via "Ask the Author" along with some AMAZING authors such as James McBride, Isabel Allende, Lisa See, Lalita Tademy, Tracy Chevalier, and others. I've even been asking questions of my favorite authors. Lol. Come join the fun and ask us something!

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" Thank you, Sharon, for your kind review of BALM. I really appreciate your words about the book. I wish you a wonderful summer!

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“My children ain’t the only thing I love. If I was allowed, I reckon I’d love myself, too.”
Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Wench

“At night, before she went to sleep in her cabin down in the quarters, she remembered Mawu’s story and told herself that she was a god, a powerful god. Each and every day, she reminded herself of this so that she wouldn’t fall backward. She was more than eyes, ears, lips, and thigh. She was a heart. She was a mind”
Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Wench

“The woman had told the truth. The flowers were the color of sunset. And not the yellowish tinge of a lazy sun either, but the intense orange of a sun refusing to set on anyone else’s terms.”
Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Wench

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Jaree Francis


Free sample of the There's No Tomorrow
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Lawrence Thank you for accepting my friendship.


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Dolen Perkins-Valdez Thanks, Pamela!! I'm writing another book. It isn't like Wench, but it is historical. Happy holidays. :-)


Pamela Hey Dolen...Thanks for accepting my friendship...I love your book "Wench"...I love the subject matter...do you plan on coming out with another book like that one?


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Jaree Francis Hello there =)

- Jay


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Liane Spicer Great to 'meet' you, Dolen. Greetings from the Caribbean!


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