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Paula Martinac

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Paula Martinac is the author of six novels, including 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. She has 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. She is a lecturer in the undergraduate creative writing program at UNC Charlotte and a writing instructor with Charlotte Center for the Literary Arts. In 2019, she received fell ...more

Why I Write Historical Fiction

My dad read history books for fun and I learned from his example, but I’m aware that some people might find that a weird passion. I think it has something to do with the way we learn history in school, which can make it seem dry and dull. History textbooks turn people from the past into cardboard figures, instead of living, breathing people just like us.

That’s where historical fiction comes in, a Read more of this blog post »
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Published on January 15, 2021 11:14 Tags: historical-fiction, lgbtq-fiction
Average rating: 3.83 · 278 ratings · 49 reviews · 13 distinct worksSimilar authors
Out of Time

3.80 avg rating — 128 ratings — published 1990 — 4 editions
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The Ada Decades

4.04 avg rating — 56 ratings3 editions
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Clio Rising

3.93 avg rating — 27 ratings3 editions
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Home Movies

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 1993
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Chicken

3.22 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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Testimony

4.83 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2021 — 3 editions
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The Queerest Places: A Nati...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1997
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Voyages Out, 1: Lesbian Sho...

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K.D. Lang

liked it 3.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1996 — 2 editions
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Lesbian and Gay Book of Lov...

it was ok 2.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1998 — 2 editions
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In light of the pandemic and recent U.S. election, it's been very hard for me to focus on reading and to finish anything. John Boyne's "The Absolutist" is the first fiction I've read cover to cover in probably 3 months. It's a cliche to say I couldn' ...more
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