Vera Nazarian

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Written By: Vera Nazarian

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VERA NAZARIAN is a two-time Nebula Award Finalist, award-winning artist, and member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She is the author of critically acclaimed novels DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE and LORDS OF RAINBOW, the outrageous parodies MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES and NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS, and most recently, PRIDE AND PLATYPUS: MR. DARCY’S DREADFUL SECRET in her humorous and surprisingly romantic Supernatural Jane Austen Series, as well as the Renaissance epic fantasy trilogy COBWEB BRIDE, and the high-octane adventure YA / teen dystopian apocalyptic science fiction series THE ATLANTIS GRAIL. After many years in Los Angeles, Vera lives in a small town in Vermont, and uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art. Her official author website is

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  1. Paula Coston says:

    Dear Vera

    I’d really like to reproduce some wonderful words of yours from your ‘Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration’ in a forthcoming article, hopefully to be published in the UK magazine for female writers, ‘Mslexia’. The article is about metaphors used for the act of creation, especially writing, and how we all reach for them.

    The quotation would be:

    ”You are faced with a blank slate – a page, a canvas, a block of stone or wood, a silent musical instrument.

    ‘You then look inside yourself. You pull and tug and squeeze and fish around for slippery raw shapeless things that swim like fish made of cloud vapour and fill you with living clamour. You latch onto something. And you bring it forth out of your head like Zeus giving birth to Athena.’

    The male procreating the female, I note. Is that significant, I wonder? Nazarian goes on:

    ‘…as it comes out, it takes shape and tangible form.

    ‘It drips on the canvas, and slides through your pen, it springs forth and resonates into the musical strings, and slips along the edge of the sculptor’s tool onto the surface of the wood or marble.

    ‘You have given it cohesion. You have brought something ordered and beautiful out of nothing.’

    I don’t anticipate being paid for the article.

    Please, could you kindly grant me permission, plus let me know if you would wish for any credit – other than the fact that, of course, I would be citing your name, book title and date of publication? A speedy response would be much appreciated.

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