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WEDNESDAY WOMEN SPOT WITH BARBARA WINKES
TITLE: "JUST BETWEEN US: COFFEE TALK WITH LINDA MORGANSTEIN"
For those of you old enough to remember (or have watched on reruns) the well-known Mike Myers skit On Saturday Night Live in which he played a Jewish middle-aged housewife, Linda Richman, from Long Island who idolized Barbara Streisand and gave very funny advice and skewed opinions. Linda Richman could have been my aunt. I grew up with skewed humor and VERY lively conversation, much of it screamed, with interruptions, much love and a yet quite a bit of heated disagreement.
Today, I'd like to have a discussion. I'll put out the questions, give you my opinions and you, I hope, will give me yours. For those responding, I'll put you in the hat for my giveaway-- an autographed copy of my latest novel, Girls In Ice Houses. You can't lose! Voice your thoughts, get a conversation going and possibly win a book. Let's discuss!
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Q1: What do you think the place is of lesbian fiction in the general world of books? Should it be a distinct genre or should lesbian fiction be a part of the mainstream?
A: I write books I hope will be of interest to a wide audience. I truly prize the lesbian audience, but I aspire to communicate to as many readers as possible. I read mostly "literary" fiction by anyone that can write a book that both touches me and makes me think. If that writer is a lesbian or the book features lesbians, I'm thrilled! How about you?
Q2: Do you like books that make you think or are deeply emotional or do you prefer a lighter read?
A: I prefer books that make me think and feel deeply. However, I'm not opposed to lighter reads. However, I want that lighter read to be carefully constructed and have great characters. Admission: I relax my brain though television shows and movies, some of them "trashy" and some of them not--Grey's Anatomy, The Good Wife, Transparent, Looking, Breaking Bad, to name a few. How about you?
Q: Do you choose books through reviews, recommendations, a favorite author or prize winners? Some other ways?
A3: All of the above. I have favorite writers whom I'll read no matter what they write. I talk about books with my lovely partner and our friends. I read reviews, although I tend to avoid a lot of this, since I am very sensitive and I put myself in the writer's shoes. Word of mouth is the best, I think. What are your choice methods?
I look forward to your responses! After one week, I'll announce the winner of my book.
Linda Morganstein is an award-winning, overeducated writer of who also happens to be the product of a Borscht Belt childhood in the Jewish hotels of the Catskills. In the seventies, she dropped out of
drove a VW van to Vassar College , where she lived in California for
many years. Later, she studied with Jane Smiley in Sonoma County . She
currently resides in Iowa with her understanding spouse Melanie and her exceptional dog, Courage.
In addition to writing, Linda is avid golfer and sourdough bread-baker. In
short, she has a phobia for boredom. Due to her Borscht Belt background, she
has a distinct interest in humor as an antidote to the complications of life.
This includes an arsenal of jokes supplied by her late father, a master
comedian. Saint Paul, Minnesota
For more about Linda and her books, check out her web site: http://www.lindamorganstein.com
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