Win an ebook copy of Paulette Mahurin’s book The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

A women’s Brokeback Mountain. The year was filled with memorable
historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T.
Washington gave his Atlanta address; the United States expanded the
effects of the Monroe Doctrine in South America; and Oscar Wilde was
tried and convicted for gross indecency under Britain’s recently passed
law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When news of Wilde’s
conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada
town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of
its citizens were impacted the Wilde news. It is a chronicle of hatred
and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and
how love and friendship bring strength and healing.


 Paulette Mahurin



From the time I was ten year old, I’ve loved to write. While in college I
wrote two award winning short stories. This encouraged me to continue
to write, and write I did but never completed any of my novels due to
other responsibilities: education, jobs, family, etc. After attending
and receiving a Master’s Degree in the Nurse Practitioner Program at
UCLA, I went to work in the second busiest emergency room in Los Angeles
county. I saw and learned about things that haunted me, until bit by a
tick and diagnosed with Lyme Disease (which went to my heart valves,
brain, and muscular skeletal system) knocked me down and afforded me
time to write and release the memories onto pages before me. I wrote,
and wrote, and released what was stored inside, which finally gave way
to a story that was to change my life, The Persecution of Mildred
Dunlap. When I began to feel better, I joined a writing class, in Ojai,
CA, where I live. The teacher, Deb Norton (screenwrite/playwrite of The
Whole Banana) had us do an exercise involving a photo. We were to write a
10 minute mystery. The photo I picked was of two women huddled close
together in clothing that looked circa turn of the twentieth century. I
made them a Lesbian couple trying to avoid being found out. In my
research, I came across Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment. Britain had recently
changed it’s laws to make homosexual activity, a man having sex with
another man, a criminal offense resulting in a two year hard labor
prison sentence. The combination of the photo from that writing class
and Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment were the seeds that started the story,
six years in the making. For those six years, I studied Wilde, the
history of Lesbians, western settlement in the United States, and I
opened to what it must have been like to live in fear of being
persecuted because of the nature of one’s existence, that can no more be
changed than the color of grass. As I wrote, I saw myself in the
characters who I dialogued with, related with as if we were friends
today, and in doing this I learned that external factors may change (the
environment, technology, family relating, etc.) but the nature of the
human condition and how we manifest remains the same. There will always
be stories to tell, to write, to read, to appreciate, because we invest
in literature from our humanness, our emotional composition, and we
relate to the imagery created with narrative and dialogue that suit our
preferences. We are drawn in, over and over and over again, to similar
story lines, themes, sequels, because of this human experience–that in
sitting down before a book or ebook, we are transcended out of our
ordinary lives to magical places that written words create, no matter
how similar or repetitive the story, because,after all, we are all
living, breathing, stories.



So winning is simple as leaving a blog comment with your email to the following question:
If you were friends with Mildred would you help keep her love life a secrete or would you throw her to the wolves of the prejudice communities?



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