Liz Durano

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Liz wrote her first story in eighth grade, a serial drama that was sneakily distributed throughout her homeroom classroom until the teacher got hold of it and she almost got suspended (turns out it was NSFW taboo). As a result, the principal transferred her to the Poetry Club so she could work all the angst out of her system.

These days, Liz doesn't have to worry about getting suspended or transferred to the Poetry Club to pass school. She writes angsty romance and women's fiction between cups of coffee and stepping over her son's Legos.

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Liz Durano I realized that I could be a writer about 18 years ago, when at that time I only identified myself as a poet because I just couldn't finish a novel - …moreI realized that I could be a writer about 18 years ago, when at that time I only identified myself as a poet because I just couldn't finish a novel - I wrote many first 3 chapters then that never got to finish, but I had many finished poems. Then one day, my dad asked me what the difference was between the two when they're both basically writing. He said I had boxed myself in as a "poet" when I was a writer first. Since then, I've written about many novels, 3 of which are published, so I am very grateful to him for that moment of clarity.(less)
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“...shame can do things to people’s minds. It warps them from the truth, allowing them only to see what they want to see.”
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“Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you--haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe--I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always--take any form--drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”
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“I take it that “gentleman” is a term that only describes a person in his relation to others; but when we speak of him as “a man” , we consider him not merely with regard to his fellow men, but in relation to himself, - to life – to time – to eternity. A cast-away lonely as Robinson Crusoe- a prisoner immured in a dungeon for life – nay, even a saint in Patmos, has his endurance, his strength, his faith, best described by being spoken of as “a man”. I am rather weary of this word “ gentlemanly” which seems to me to be often inappropriately used, and often too with such exaggerated distortion of meaning, while the full simplicity of the noun “man”, and the adjective “manly” are unacknowledged.”
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“Mr. Thornton," said Margaret, shaking all over with her passion, "go down this instant, if you are not a coward. Go down and face them like a man. Save these poor strangers, whom you have decoyed here. Speak to your workmen as if they were human beings. Speak to them kindly. Don't let the soldiers come in and cut down poor-creatures who are driven mad. I see one there who is. If you have any courage or noble quality in you, go out and speak to them, man to man.”
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