Reading, for me, leads to writing, as day leads into night and night back into day; they are halves of a whole. I was one of those kids who cracked the code early; I've been reading since I was three, and the writing came later once I'd learned to hold a pencil, but when it came, it really burst forth. Everything a working writer does I have done-- I have written and published everything, from corporate annual reports, to radio ads, children's poetry, -fiction and -non-fiction, to memoir and now, my first novel for adults. Spunk, a Fable is a lot like me; "just dirty enough."
Although she's widely considered one of the world's great beauties, Angelina Jolie was never one of my choices to play a role in Spunk, a Fable (I admit, I've thought about who would be my choices to portray my heroines in a movie version). Then again, Spunk is not so much a book about beautiful women; it's about "powerful women in desperate circumstances," as Dr. Judi Hollis, author (From Bagels to Buddha) describes it.
Angelina Jolie is not only an accomplished actress, she is also a UN commisioner for refugees, and her remarks urging the world’s nations to make the fight against rape in war a top priority are commendable; but I wonder. Why not just fight to make war itself a thing of the past? Horrible as it is, is rape in a war zone any worse than so-called date rape, domestic-violence rape, or stranger-rape? It's all pretty horrible.