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Hello Mr. Genelin My ex-husband went to your Paris reading of Siren of the Waters, and you inscribed one of your books to me as from a would-be-Slovak to a real one (something like that). I greatly enjoyed you book at Christmas a year ago, and shared it with my Slovak sisters. Recently I found your second novel through interlibrary loan (shocking that Cornell does not have them!), and settled …

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During a reading in Portland last week, a reader asked how I create my characters. I explained the characters generally create themselves. ‘The Muse’ speaks, and they appear. Or do they? The answer is sometimes ‘the Muse’, and sometimes me. My heroine, Jana Matinova is a doppleganger for a woman I know, respect and admire in Slovakia. She is brave, courageous in adversity and unflagging in following through with her …

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My collegue and friend, Cecilia Mangarra Brainard, has written a number of books, including two extremely well reviewed novels, both of them noted by the critics for their nuanced and persuasive conviction and realism: “Magdalena” and “When The Rainbow Goddess Wept.” Now she’s written a book for the beginning writer titled “Fundamentals of Creative Writing.” In short, Cecilia covers all the bases for the tyro writer, immediately capturing the reader, …

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When I was a kid every Friday night my whole family would eat at a Chinese food place. It was cheap and good, great for an evening out without crippling the budget. I loved it, not for the variety of great food, but because I loved egg drop soup and Lychee nuts which I would look forward to after the chow mein. I would always eat the chow mein because …

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I’ve been in the same place too long and it was beginning to feel stale. Fact is, I needed to feed the muse, so, I went to Helsinki. I expected a withdrawn group of people: The warnings in the travel books said the Finns were dour, not communicable, and quite distant. Instead they were cheerful, eager to talk, initiating conversations without effort on my part, and very willing to share …

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I have updated my website, http://www.michaelgenelin.com/, with added information about my new mystery “Dark Dreams”. I think the reviewers have been very kind, and you can read their reviews on my website. Note: Bragging is allowed on websites. Dark Dreams takes us with Jana Matinova to Nepal, India, Hungary, much of Europe, and of course, Slovakia, as she searches for the reason someone has left a huge diamond in her …

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