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About Penny

Penny Durant is the award-winning author of CHILD OF EL SALVADOR, narrative nonfiction set in the late 1980s in civil war-torn El Salvador and New Mexico. She has also published nine childrens books, and is a frequent workshop provider, novel writing teacher, editor, and critiquer. She has written two adult novels, "true life stories." Two of her pieces have been put to music by composer Michael Mauldin and performed in the region.

Quotations: #7

It is with noble sentiments that bad literature gets written. -Andre Gide

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Five Star Review for Child of El Salvador

Child of El Salvador is a powerful, well-written story that I couldn’t stop reading once I started it. I was vaguely familiar with the true story this book re-tells, but the writer’s clear and evocatave style kept me turning pages, more »

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Research #1: I Won’t Know What I Need Until I Find It

On Tuesday I met with a lovely woman, Margaret Caldes, who was with her chemical engineer-husband at Los Alamos during the Mahattan Project. She is a long-time friend of Pat Sutton, a woman who is a friend and writing group more »

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Editing #1: Five reasons why you may need a freelance editor

We’d all like to think what we write is perfect when we’re done. We run the spell checker just in case. Look it over. Have a buddy read it. It’s ready to go, right? Maybe not yet. Hiring a freelance more »

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Quotation: # 6

[The art of the novel] happens because the storyteller’s own experience of men and things, whether for good or ill—not only what he has passed through himself, but even events which he has only witnessed or been told of—has moved more »

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Quotations: #5

All beauty comes from beautiful blood and a beautiful brain. -Walt Whitman

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Letter from Norma Joy, the True Child of El Salvador

The following is an email message sent to me by Norma Joy Remer, now in her 20s, the true Child of El Salvador. Hi Penny! I wanted to let you know that I just finshed the book, Child of El more »

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Writing Tip #7 Olfactory Memories

   In my last “Writing Tip” post, I asked where you might have thought, “This is where I belong; this is me.” I’ve had this happen to me a few times. Once was when I pulled up to my friend more »

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A Box of Pandoras

I just posted a review on Amazon for Steve Brewer’s A BOX OF PANDORAS. It’s a wickedly funny murder mystery set in New Mexico and would make great airplane reading unless, like me, it makes you laugh outloud! It’s available more »

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Quotations: #4

Be regular and orderly in your life . . . so that you may be violent and original in your work. -Gustave Flaubert

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