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Random Writing Quote:

I never asked Tolstoy to write for me, a little colored girl in Lorain, Ohio. I never asked [James] Joyce not to mention Catholicism or the world of Dublin. Never. And I don't know why I should be asked to explain your life to you. We have splendid writers to do that, but I am not one of them. It is that business of being universal, a word hopelessly stripped of meaning for me. Faulkner wrote what I suppose could be called regional literature and had it published all over the world. That's what I wish to do. If I tried to write a universal novel, it would be water. Behind this question is the suggestion that to write for black people is somehow to diminish the writing. From my perspective there are only black people. When I say 'people,' that's what I mean.

--Toni Morrison

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Jo Perry

www.authorjoperry.com

Jo Perry is the author of DEAD IS BETTER, DEAD IS BEST, and the soon to be published DEAD IS GOOD, dark, comic, unconventional mysteries featuring  the murdered Charles and his canine companion in the afterlife, Rose, published by Fahrenheit Press. Praise for the series has come from Eric Idle, Timothy Hallinan, Terry Shames, Dennis Palumbo and others. Perry has a Ph.D in English, taught literature and writing, wrote and produced epsidodic television, published poetry, stories, reviews and articles. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, novelist Thomas Perry, and two rescue dogs and two rescue cats. She is the mother of two adult children.