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Kathy Leonard Czepiel

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Kathy Leonard Czepiel is the author of A Violet Season (Simon & Schuster), named one of the best books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews. The novel, set on a Hudson Valley violet farm in 1898-99, has been hailed by Robert Olmstead as "fully imagined and beautifully written." Czepiel's short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Cimarron Review, Indiana Review, and CALYX. She is the recipient of a 2012 creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Czepiel teaches writing at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. (photo by Chris Volpe)

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A Violet Season

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Having just completed the first draft of my second novel, I can attest to the fact that writing a first draft is still a lot better than oral surgery, but a good measure worse than folding laundry or even cleaning the bathrooms (which, full disclosure, my husband does). First drafts require starting from nothing and creating something only slightly better than nothing. At least, that’s how my f... Read more of this blog post »
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