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Vann Turner

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Although author Vann Turner was born in West Palm Beach, FL, he cannot call that home. He attended thirteen different schools, in thirteen different locales, before he graduated from Pensacola High School in 1966. His parents thought the best graduation present would be a suitcase. Vann took the hint and left. By tending bar and cooking he earned his BA in English (Latin minor).

He went on to teach high school one year, became an avid backpacker, did a stint in the Army, then tried homesteading in upstate Maine. Failing at that, he merged into the hordes of homeless veterans on the streets. His medic training in the Army enabled him to pull himself up to work in hospitals and he became an amateur bodybuilder. He went on to transcribe medical
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Vann Turner I assert that my novels don’t arise in me, but are whispered to me under the silence. The characters, actions, emotions involved, conflicts, goals and…moreI assert that my novels don’t arise in me, but are whispered to me under the silence. The characters, actions, emotions involved, conflicts, goals and settings are all presented to me, not in one flash, but are revealed bit by bit and scene by scene. My part in the process is to hammer words to convey what has been revealed. From this the writing flows easily.

When the words don’t flow easily (writer’s block) I’ve come to realize that I am trying to interject things that haven’t arisen by revelation. In other words, I—Vann—am trying to interject things the Muses haven’t sanctioned.

The solution begins in realizing that I AM struggling. So I lay it aside, work in the wood pile, or vacuum or walk the dogs. I call it a mini-holiday. I don’t think about the story, I’ve laid it aside. The next morning, I start fresh and the words flow from what the Muses whispered into me under my own thinking.(less)
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From *Ascent from Hell* to *Sometimes*

Twenty-seven years ago, under the title Ascent from Hell, Sometimes was completed. At one of the big-5 publishing houses, it got the attention of the first two sets of readers. They sent it up to the Editor, with their recommendation, “an important novel that deserves publication.” The Editor demurred, writing to me, “prodigiously inventive, just not my cup of tea.”
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Readers tell me that after the charm of Sometimes' brief prologue--a dog speaking to God--the opening chapters are difficult and make them uncomfortable. Those chapters with their talk of an S/M relationship with a woman are a dep
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“King: Should I specify for the realm what religion will be acceptable in this Kingdom, as the Emperor in the East did?

Titus: If you are of such sagacity, my Lord, that you know all the secrets of the Universe, you would be remiss if you did not specify the acceptable religion. But if you, too, are mortal, and your understanding is partial, I would think it arrogant to dictate to the people how they should approach Existence. Each has his own understanding, and each his own ability to understand.”
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“He wondered how sick in heart a woman needed to be for her to forsake a delight in flowers.”
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“King: Should I specify for the realm what religion will be acceptable in this Kingdom, as the Emperor in the East did?

Titus: If you are of such sagacity, my Lord, that you know all the secrets of the Universe, you would be remiss if you did not specify the acceptable religion. But if you, too, are mortal, and your understanding is partial, I would think it arrogant to dictate to the people how they should approach Existence. Each has his own understanding, and each his own ability to understand.”
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“He wondered how sick in heart a woman needed to be for her to forsake a delight in flowers.”
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