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Penny

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.

Lower price at Amazon, too!

I’ve lowered the price at Amazon so Kindle users can get the same deal as other formats at Smashwords. Starting by tomorrow evening and running through the end of July, CHILD OF EL SALVADOR will be available at 25% off more »

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Get 25% off CHILD OF EL SALVADOR

Smashwords is promoting e-books for any e-reader except Kindle (sorry, the coupon is only valid at the Smashwords site) during their July Summer-Winter (either hemisphere) promotion. This is your chance to save! The coupon code is RU54Y, entered during checkout. more »

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Quotations: #3

“Most editors are failed writers–but then so are most writers.” -Thomas Stearns Eliot

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Writing Tip #6: And, Where Are We?

The setting of your story is more than the time and the place.  It is an essential part of the whole and deserves your attention and creativity.  Reading,  I was told as a child, can take us to faraway places more »

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Quotations: #2

“Fool!” said my muse to me, “look in thy heart, and write.” -Edmund Spenser

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Quotations: #1

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it. -Benjamin Disraeli

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Writing Tip #5: Catching a Character

Do you ever see a stranger and that person catches your eye? You look again. What draws your interest? Why did you give that person more than a glance? I love to people watch. There’s a man who visits the more »

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Writing Tip #4: Join a Writing Group

I joined my first writing group when I was pregnant with my son Adam. (He’s now 31). Two women in the group had published books. It surprised me that they didn’t walk around with their noses in the air. It more »

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Writing Tip #3: Have You Ever Read a Book You Wish You’d Written?

A number of years ago a friend of mine told me he wished he’d written Norman Zollinger’s Riders to Cibola, a saga about a ranching family in south central New Mexico in the 40s. He loved the characters so much more »

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Writing Tip #2: 10 Reasons to Read Everything

Reading is an important part of writing.  It’s important to read in many different areas in order to: give you an idea of what has been published in your area show you how others approach your subject develop your ear more »

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