Cover, Indomitable the Barbara Grier Story by Joanne Passet

Indomitable Should Be in Your Public Library

Karin Kallmaker Readers and Libraries, Sisters of the Pen 5 Comments

“Glorious and inglorious complexity.” The phrase captures Barbara Grier to perfection, and is used by Katherine V. Forrest on the dust jacket of Indomitable, this new, richly detailed biography of the woman who “changed, for the better, every lesbian life…” as Lee Lynch adds. That means your life, even if you don’t recognize the name.

I’m not exhorting you to read Indomitable (you should). There’s something more important that you can do from your seat.

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A Fowl Mood (That Turkey Brine Thing We Do)

Karin Kallmaker Chocolate and Inspirations, LIFE + STYLE 4 Comments

Turkey on the Fence

Update 2016: Since I’ve received several email requests this week for “that turkey brine thing” I thought I’d repost this April 2008 entry with the recipe.

Turkey on the Fence

No doubt others before me have used this fowl pun, and why you may ask am I writing about turkey in April when Thanksgiving is six months away? There’s a turkey sitting on my back fence, that’s why. Read More

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A Novel SongTrack

Karin Kallmaker Book News, Captain of Industry 3 Comments

Music has often inspired titles and moments in my stories. The title Substitute for Love I owe to Madonna and The Kiss that Counted to Catie Curtis, for example. What’s rare is when particular songs – their lyrics, tone, power – drive the creativity so much so that I know it’s a song that the characters have heard and responded to as well. After all, the characters are real people, right?

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Dead Lesbian Scene on the 100

Reblog: “I Am Not Your Plot Device” – Steven Spohn at Terrible Minds

Karin Kallmaker Craft of Writing, LIFE + STYLE 1 Comment

This. To all writers, THIS. First, empathy in the specific. This essay by Steven Spohn isn’t about lesbians, it’s about a group of people even more marginalized in every form of entertainment culture. Empathy.

Then gritty determination in a universal resistance to marginalized people’s lives being used as palatable plot devices for tragedy. Read More

So I Had This Idea, 2016

Karin Kallmaker Events and Appearances, Sisters of the Pen

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 I was going to blog about the new free e-story at my web store (it’s here, go look later) but marketing isn’t nearly as much as fun as talking about books and authors. What has me rubbing my hands together in glee is this year’s installment ofthe “So I Had This Idea” panel at the 2016 Golden Crown Convention in D.C. this summer. (Don’t know what this is? It’s here, go look later.) Read More