Hatred of the “different” did not begin in Orlando in June 2016. Love and acceptance was not invented here, either, although it has blossomed in astonishing ways after the tragedy at Pulse. This story, written by a friend who knows the struggle first-hand, was finished long before the murders, and my hope is that it will keep the conversation about tolerance and inclusion alive for readers across America and the world.
Here is your Scribbler’s review:
“It’s Not Like I Knew Her is not just a coming-out story; it’s a coming-home story. The protagonist, Jodie Taylor, is an outcast, based not only on her sexual orientation, but also on familial circumstances and poverty issues. Set in rural north Florida and racially charged Selma, Alabama in the turbulent 1950s, the book reveals the ever-present dangers of being “peculiar” in a world ruled by white males. Jodie learns just how fraught with peril life as a lesbian can be, but she also learns the value of self-respect and finds the courage to build a new life for herself while coming to terms with her past.
The novel is of exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience because it not only reflects the challenges of that experience through the life of Jodie Taylor, but also the closeness of the community through her various love interests, friends, and a particularly compelling mentor couple. These are characters that readers of all stripes – gay, straight, or questioning – can relate to, admire, enjoy, and learn from. They dwell in the mind of readers long after the last page is turned, based on their fragile, flawed, fully-wrought humanity.”
Author Pat Spears tells us why she wrote the book.
It’s Not Like I Knew Her will release on July 1st. You can order a copy here.
Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo next month? Join Writer’s Atelier on July 2, for a Potluck write-in to kick off the start of National Novel Writing Month’s summer program.
What: Potluck Write-In
When: July 2, 2016 @ 2-4:30 PM
Where: Writer’s Atelier
336 Grove Ave. Suite B
Winter Park, FL 32789
Remember when you were in first grade, and you brought a treasure to school to share in show and tell? That was loads of fun, so why should such a time be available only for kids? Welcome to show and tell for big people, with a twist. Join the fun at Show, Tell, and Write, presented by Patricia Charpentier each month in conjunction with Bookmark It, Orlando’s independent bookstore, and Infusion Tea, College Park’s award-winning tea and vegetarian cafe. Come early and grab a tasty meal and cup of tea before the fun begins at 6:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month. This month’s event will be on June 28th. Bring in a memento or item from your past or present each month (or photos, if the objects are too large) that is meaningful and holds many memories. Then, take a few minutes to share the item with the group and tell its story and significance to you. After being given a bit of instruction, we’ll write for a few minutes about the object you brought in or some other story you’d like to tell. You’ll learn how to write vivid descriptions, convey sentiment, and detail the item’s history and importance. No previous writing experience is required for this fun, hands-on event. Don’t want to talk about your treasure? No problem. Bring it with you anyway; come, listen, write, and be a part of the group. Before you head home around 8:00 p.m., check out Bookmark It’s great selection of books on site in Infusion Tea, 1600 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804. A minimal charge of $5 is requested to participate in this event each month, but in exchange, we’ll give you a $5 coupon you can use for any of the offerings by Bookmark It, Infusion Tea, or Writing Your Life.Sign up today and be a part of the first ever Show, Tell, and Write event.
Meet & Greet and Booksigning
Sunday June 26, 2016
4:30 – 6:00PM
at Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida