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Jan Morrill Writes

I was happy to be asked by Erin Reel to be a guest on her blog, The Lit Coach. Ms. Reel is a former literary agent with almost ten years in the publishing industry. She “found” me on Twitter and after visiting my blog, invited me to do a guest post.

My post, “The Color of a Voice,” is online today. Here’s an excerpt:

My soon-to-be released book, The Red Kimono (Spring 2013, University of Arkansas Press) is a multicultural historical. The point of view characters are Japanese-American and African-American. I didn’t have much trouble creating Sachiko Kimura, the nine-year old Japanese-American girl, because I am from the same culture. But creating Sachi’s seventeen-year old brother, Nobu, and his African-American friend, Terrence, was much more difficult.

While creating Terrence, I was challenged time and again to develop not only a realistic Black voice, but also the voice…

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