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Dana Gynther

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Dana Gynther was raised in Alabama, but has lived in Missouri, Massachusettes, France, Costa Rica and Spain. A writer of historical fiction, her first two titles, "Crossing on the Paris" and "The Woman in the Photograph" -- both with a French connection-- were inspired by her own connection to France. She spent nearly two years there after graduating from college, then returned to the University of Alabama to earn an MA in French Literature. After finishing her degree, however, she settled in Valencia, Spain, where she has lived for more than twenty years. Her third novel, "The Admiral's Baths," a multi-period historical, is set in Valencia. She began writing this novel after translating the website for the actual monument, a 14th century p ...more

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Dana Gynther Sorry "The Woman in the Photograph" wasn't to your liking but I'm glad that you are still planning on reading "Crossing on the Paris." Maybe you will…moreSorry "The Woman in the Photograph" wasn't to your liking but I'm glad that you are still planning on reading "Crossing on the Paris." Maybe you will like it better--you will have three main characters to choose from and they are, perhaps, easier to relate to than Lee Miller.

Tell your friend to keep trying. I cannot give advice on what it takes to get published as I am not an agent, editor or publisher. Every publisher sees something different in a novel--what works for them-- just as every writer and reader do. Good luck to your friend.(less)
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I've always known I wanted to do something creative. When I was very young, I thought that was painting. I continue to make collages and throw pots today.

But, words... They have always been essential to me-- I love the sound of certain words, their nuances, their origins. I love telling stories. I love reading other people's words, marvelling at the constructions they put together (currently I'm reading Patti Smith's "M Train" and, page after page, sigh with contentment at the poetry of her ordinary language). I've written for myself for decades but decided, at the old age of 42, that maybe I could write for others as well. (less)
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Crossing on the Paris

3.39 avg rating — 1,423 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
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The Woman in the Photograph

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The Admiral's Baths

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“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
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“Motherfuckers will read a book that’s one third Elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and they [white people] think we’re taking over.”
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Frannie Just want to "like" Anita's comment - yay!!!


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Dana Gynther Anita wrote: "Just saw "Crossing on the Paris" in our Forecast magazine of upcoming books - I actually squealed out loud!"

Yay!


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Anita Just saw "Crossing on the Paris" in our Forecast magazine of upcoming books - I actually squealed out loud!


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