Anita Diament

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    As a journalist I'm comfortable doing library research, and I did a lot! I had a fellowship at Radcliff for a year which gave me access to the Harvard system.
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    Biblical names are hot again.
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    I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell. But I kept trying.
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    I have a 10-year track record of writing for the Jewish community.
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    I lived through a classic publishing story. My editor was fired a month before the book came out. The editor who took it over already had a full plate. It was never advertised. We didn't get reviewed in any major outlets.
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    I love many kinds of music: world music, jazz, classical, pop.
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    I never wanted Mary Poppins to be my nanny. I wanted to be her when I grew up.
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    I tell writers to keep reading, reading, reading. Read widely and deeply. And I tell them not to give up even after getting rejection letters. And only write what you love.
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    My early childhood was spent in Newark, New Jersey, but my family moved to Denver when I was 12.
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    My husband, Jim, converted to Judaism just before our wedding.
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    My six handbooks to Jewish life and lifecycle events mostly followed the trajectory of my adult Jewish life.
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    November is Jewish book month, so Jewish Community Centers all around the country have book fairs where they invite authors and sell books in advance of the holidays.
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    One of my favorite poets, Neruda, writes close to the bone. Though I know only a little Spanish, I like to compare the Spanish and English lines and see how the translator worked.
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    Right now, I'm Writing song lyrics. Experimenting with a play. Toying with an idea for a documentary. I hope one of these will eventually be launched into the light of day.
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    Shakespeare in Love... such smart writing of an alternative view of history, and such beautiful acting. Like most Americans, I'm a sucker for the accent.
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