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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. Thanks for your mindful review, Olga. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. The Southern setting made me think of you. 🙂

      1. 🙂 Thanks for the good thought. <3
        It is such a divisive time and people are so polarized… That gives me even more… (I'm not sure what exactly I feel — angst? bitterness?) about the stereo types associated with the so called "southern voice" and/or southern settings and characters. Particularly when most of it is written by people with either very long ago experience there or very short time spent, rather than decades. Or they left decades ago. Even though I was born in the deep south, and have spent all my life in southern (or southwestern) states, I do not consider my writing part of that "southern voice." Because of those things, I try to just say nothing.
        My current story, because of the inspirations for it, has a southern setting and in a very difficult era. The story is about neither, so I'm being overly cautious with that part.
        Your review, as always is masterful, informative, and enlightening. Hugs.

        1. Thanks, Teagan. There are a lot of discussions these days about who can write what and many people question issues of authenticity. Ultimately, it seems to be a situation of damned if you do and damned if you don’t. I think it’s time we pleased ourselves, because we’ll never manage to please everybody else. If they don’t want to read what I write (they don’t seem to, anyway), that’s fine by me.
          I love your serial and look forward to it.

          1. You are so right — we have to please ourselves in what we write. (And I hear you about the book sales… I can relate.) Just keep writing, my friend. I love your books.

          2. I will, but I’m no thinking of using the usual channels for publishing. ♥

    1. Thanks, Christoph. It’s getting a lot of deserved (in my opinion) attention, particularly in the USA. A fascinating book. Have a fabulous week!

  2. I read TKAM in my teens, and have seen the film numerous times. I know a little about Lee’s collaboration with Capote, as In Cold Blood was one of my favourite books. (And films) This sounds like a very interesting project, to write about historical events as if through the eyes of another writer. From what you say, Olga, it seems to have worked very well. So, it is on the Wish List. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Yes, I think most people will be familiar with Lee’s novel (deservedly so), and with your interest in history and In Cold Blood (must read it in English, as it is also a big favourite of mine), I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Have a fabulous rest of the week (I hope your cold is better!)

      1. Just an annoying cough, Olga. Worse at night. 🙂

        1. It’s always the case with coughs, it seems. Look after yourself!

  3. This sounds fascinating. I didn’t realise Harper Lee helped Capote with his research for In Cold Blood.
    I must take another look at it. And put this one on my tbr pile.

    1. Thanks, Mary. I found both of your messages in the Spam folder. I wonder why it does that sometimes with people who’ve already commented. Probably something to do with the widget updates. I heard about Lee’s research with Capote through one of the movies about Capote that came out a few years back. I hope you enjoy the book. It is fascinating, and I’m looking forward to what the author decides to write next. Have a great week!

      1. I’m having problems with my emails going straight to the recipients’ spam boxes so I really hope it’s not going to start with blog comments.

        1. You aren’t the only one I found there… I hope it’s nothing serious.

  4. I left a comment which has failed to appear! Since then I’ve ordered the book.

  5. I ‘m an Alabama boy. It might do me good to read up on some local culture.
    Happy Trails, Olga!

    1. Thanks so much, Ichabod. I’m sure you’ll recognise many of the locations and stories. Have a good week!

  6. A terrible man to write about, Olga. An intriguing sounding book.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. Having read the book, I understand why Lee would have felt intrigued by him, but the lawyer, and Lee herself, are fascinating as well, in a completely different way.
      Enjoy the rest of the week!

  7. dgkaye says:

    Great find Olga. Who doesn’t love Harper Lee! And loved Capote’s In Cold Blood. Now of course I want to read this! Thanks as always. <3

    1. Thanks, Debby. Yes, that’s what I thought as soon as I read the description. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! ♥

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