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Randy-Can men create believable women characters?

      She fueled a debate over women characters.   But the men around her had created women characters as well; and they felt their characters were well rounded.   She, obviously very articulate and smart, expressed her view that men couldn’t write about women; the men maintained that they could.   They had tried to avoid stereotypes; she campaigned for women’s literature, which excluded men.   Some of the men had lived through the women’s liberation movement; this woman sounded as if she were coming from that persuasion.   Or was she?   Did her argument have merit?   And then she nailed her argument by taking a stand and went as far as saying she didn’t forgive writers who portrayed women one-dimensionally and unfairly.   And it seemed as if she were pointing a finger at all of the men, all male writers and their ilk.   It wasn’t pretty when she said she would give a writer one chance only, too bad, and wouldn’t read that author again.

      Women are, in fact, hard for men to understand.   And given that fact (join the “men-are-from-Mars-and-women-are-from-Venus debate if you like), she may have been onto something.   A sensitive writer, for the sake of the argument, does his (yes, his) sensitive best to dig inside and out and from that creates a woman character; the work of this author I think, if he is good, should be respected for what it is.   It may be an imperfect work, as all pieces of literature are.   But our young woman, who expressed her view that men couldn’t write about women, still may decide not to read another piece by any author for whatever reason or reasons.   She has that right.

      None of us can be fair; we all have our biases.   She could, however, be forgiving; and the author, if he (yes, he) is good, is surely forgivable.   “Women can’t write about men”: imagine one of the men saying that.   “Men are on Mars, ” and that is that.   Argumentatively, women will always win (now I’m in trouble); women have that over men.   It’s inbred, or so we’re told.   For decades now, with the realization that women are superior to men in certain areas including sensitiveness, we have to assume women can write about men.   But if they fail, I think men would forgive them.   And don’t let them (women) say men are not sensitive enough to feel irritated by an underdeveloped character of either gender; that at the end of the day men don’t appreciate genius and his or her ilk.   What do you think?

      Randy Ford

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The Society of Southwestern Authors-Books found at the Fair

      SIREN’S SONG Book III of the SOFAR TRILOGY by John R. Gentile is the last book of the SOFAR TRILOGY.   In it the characters of BLUE PLANETS and OFFworlder are brought together again. Cooper Ridley arrives back on earth with a warning: “Trochinids are coming…and they’re hungry.   Along with Azrnoth-zin, Mara-jul and the Displaced Allen Workforce, Ridley must convince the nations of Earth to unite against the Swarm.   Not to be denied again, Richard Jenks and the Phoenix Project are determined to obtain the alien technology they failed to acquire two years ago in the crater.   Old friends Dutch, Darcy and Teresa join forces on the ocean floor in a desperate attempt to find a weakness in the alien physiology.   As hope fades for Earth, Ridley and his group place all bets on a strange phenomenon in the SOFAR Channel.”

      Read an excerpt from SIREN’S SONG at www.johngentile.com.   Now available from AuthorHouse. www.authorhouse.com 888-280-7715   Order this title through you local bookseller or preferred on-line retailer 978-1-4343-0537 (Softcover) 978-1-4343-0536-7 (Hardcover)

      BARROWED TIME (ISBN 978-1-932695-52-6) by S. M. Ballard

      “In the days before they became legends, John Henry “Doc” Holliday, a Georgia dentist turned gambler whose constant companion is the specter of early death, and Wyatt Earp, a rough hewn frontier lawman saddled with a taciturn nature and an iron clad sense of justice, forge an unlikely alliance to hunt down the brutal killers of a young Dodge City woman.

      “During the course of a cross country manhunt to stop the murderers before they can strike again, Holliday and Earp form the basis of a friendship that will last, literally, until death.”

      HOLLIDAY IN TOMBSTONE (ISBN 978-1-932695-69-4) Part two of S.M. Ballard’s DOC HOLLIDAY TRILOGY.

      “John Henry “Doc” Holliday, Georgia gentleman, dentist turned gambler, a consumptive whose days are numbered, follows his friend, Wyatt Earp to the boomtown of Tombstone, Arizona Territory. From the moment Holiday sits foot on the dusty Tombstone streets, his path as a lawman is set.   Time and again he risks life and safety for his friends and for justice, taking on the likes of Curly Bill Brocious and Johnny Ringo, leaders of a gang of ruffians known collectively as ‘the Cowboys.’

      BORROWED TIME and HOLLIDAY IN TOMBSTONE are Sundowners Western Selections.   Sundowners is a division of Treble Hear Books. Sierra Vista, Az..   Available at TrebleHeartBooks.com, SMBallard.com and through your favorite book store.

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