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Erika Raskin

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Erika Raskin grew up to the sound of typewriter music. Her mother, bestselling novelist Barbara Raskin, was a rollicking story-teller who could turn mundane trips to the grocery store into readable high drama. Marcus Raskin, Erika's dad, was an author of non-fiction but still delighted in getting his daughter to make up back-stories of unsuspecting passers-by. She learned at an early age to collect details, catalog interesting behaviors, and then put them on paper.

(In short, she joined the family business.)

Erika has written essays for print and radio, articles and short stories. Her fiction has been recognized by the Reynolds Price competition, Glimmertrain, and the Virginia Commission on the Arts. She was a fellow at the Virginia Center
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Erika Raskin A powder blue, electric IBM Selectric that I think weighed about as much as third-grader.

I love the sound of tapping keys, too. It's warm and familia…more
A powder blue, electric IBM Selectric that I think weighed about as much as third-grader.

I love the sound of tapping keys, too. It's warm and familiar.(less)
Erika Raskin My advice is to be observant. What do things remind you of? (The narrow road was lined with a parade of trees whose outstretched hands touched the car…moreMy advice is to be observant. What do things remind you of? (The narrow road was lined with a parade of trees whose outstretched hands touched the car one after the other, for luck.)

Good dialogue in fiction is critical to story. It’s a way of revealing the interior lives of your characters while also moving action along. (“Hey Sam, I know you’re going to think this is just another one of my whacky ideas, but what would you say to hitchhiking cross-country after graduation?”)

I think there are many ways to write. Some people like to outline everything before typing the first word. Others just sit down and let the pages fill up on their own. I would like to be organized and in the first group (I'd like to have a well-ordered purse, too). But I’m not and I don't.(less)
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