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The Gay Word

As a result of doing research into LGBT history for my novel I became fascinated by how the meanings of “in” words change. In the 1940s gays lived in a secret world. No one was in the closet because such a concept didn’t exist. Homosexuals were considered either criminal or mentally disturbed so you were […]

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Nice Review for Juliana (Book 1: 1941-1944) from Kirkus

In this debut historical novel, a girl seeks stardom on Broadway but instead discovers unexpected feelings when she meets a charismatic lesbian singer. Alice “Al” Huffman has just graduated from high school in June 1941. She and her best friend, Aggie Wright, giddily depart the potato fields of Long Island for New York City, following […]

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Madame Spivy: Patron Saint of “Fags”

Who Was She? I wonder how many LGBT folks today know who Madame Spivy was. Well, Spivy was an early pioneer in the gay rights movement, although I doubt she would’ve seen herself that way. She was a nightclub owner and entertainer who from the early 40s to the mid 50s kept Spivy’s Roof going […]

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A Little Known Fact About the Stage Door Canteen

An Important Little Known Fact About the Stage Door Canteen You’ve probably seen the film, The Stage Door Canteen, with lots of singing and dancing and movie stars serving sandwiches to the soldiers and sailors who come there for a night of fun and dancing with the volunteer hostesses before they take off for the […]

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For the Boys: World War 2 Fashions, Pre & Post

Before the War The late thirties/ early forties was a time of fedoras on men and hats, gloves, and girdles on women. That was before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor marking the United States’ entry into World War 2. Shortly thereafter, everything changed. Most men turned in their fedoras for servicemen’s hats (Men ages 18-65 […]

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I Miss the Magic of a Broadway Musical

  This week I’ve been writing about a fictional musical that two of my characters are rehearsing because they are going to be in a Broadway show. In order to feel my way into the scene I needed something that would give me the sense of how this musical might sound.  I needed to listen […]

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Excerpt from my forthcoming novel, JULIANA

Excerpt from Juliana, the novel by Vanda Chapter Eight             The limousine bumped and shook over the cobblestone on its way past Wanamaker’s department store. We turned off Broadway onto Eighth Street. “Max, you know we could have just walked. It’s not far.” “Maxwell P. Harlington does not—” “Walk when he can take a limousine […]

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