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Paula Martinac

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I'm the author of seven novels, including the most recent Dear Miss Cushman (12/7/21); Testimony (2021); Clio Rising (2019), Gold Medal Finalist, Northeast Region, Independent Publisher Book Awards; The Ada Decades (2017), a finalist for the 2018 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction; and the Lambda Literary Award-winning Out of Time, which was a finalist for the American Library Association Gay and Lesbian Book Award. I've also published three nonfiction books on LGBT themes; authored plays that were produced in Pittsburgh, New York, and D.C.; and written an award-winning full-length screenplay. I'm a lecturer in the undergraduate creative writing program at UNC Charlotte and a writing instructor with Charlotte Center for the Literary Arts. ...more

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Paula Martinac I have a new novel coming out this fall called "Dear Miss Cushman," which I just finished revising. It's the story of an 18-year-old girl in 1850s New…moreI have a new novel coming out this fall called "Dear Miss Cushman," which I just finished revising. It's the story of an 18-year-old girl in 1850s New York City who supports her family when her father deserts them by becoming a stage actress. It was a lot of fun to write because it's a much different world than any I've written about before. So, even though I lived in Manhattan for a long time, the city in 1852 was an enigma to me and I pored over maps to try to figure it out.(less)
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Out of Time

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The Ada Decades

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Clio Rising

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Home Movies

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Chicken

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Dear Miss Cushman Live!

Last night, I was part of a Facebook Live event with author Amber Smith, hosted by Charlotte Readers Podcast. We had a fun time talking about our new books— Dear Miss Cushman for me and Code Name Serendipity for Amber, and the tricks to writing younger characters. In my book, the protagonist is 18, while in Amber's the MC is 11. We also read snippets from our work to illustrate finding the main Read more of this blog post »
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Published on January 27, 2022 05:48 Tags: historical-fiction, lgbtq-fiction, mg-fiction, ya-fiction

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