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  • Down syndrome inspires local author Colleen Faulkner's new book

  • Anyone serious about becoming a novelist might benefit from professional author Colleen Faulkner's writing workshop at the Camden Friends Meeting House in Camden on Saturday, Nov. 9.
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  • Anyone serious about becoming a novelist might benefit from professional author Colleen Faulkner's writing workshop at the Camden Friends Meeting House in Camden on Saturday, Nov. 9.
    Faulkner will be joined at the writer's workshop with her mother and fellow novelist Judith French, of Dover. The workshop is a fundraiser to support the historic house.
    Since the late 1980s, Colleen, a native of Dover, has been an active novelist, writing books that cover genres such as romance, suspense and mystery. Having had more than 80 books published, many of which are under different pen names, Faulkner will release her new fictional romance book, "Just Like Other Girls," this Friday.
    Q What are some of the topics you'll discuss in your writer's workshop?
    A We'll be talking about the role of an editor and an agent. We'll be talking
    about manuscript preparation, copyright, writing schedules [and more].
    Q What does it mean to you to have more than 80 books under your belt?
    A It's absolutely wonderful. There're not a lot of people in the world that can say they love what they do.
    Q Why was it important to tell the story of "Just Like Other Daughters"?
    A I like books about real women and their lives. I'm a mother and I wanted to tell this story
    about a mother named Alicia and the story of her daughter, Chloe, who has
    Down syndrome. Alicia is trying to be a good mother to her daughter and allow her independence, while protecting her.
    Q What inspired the novel?
    A I usually start with a "what-if question." This question came to me: What if I was a mother of a daughter with Down syndrome, what and if my daughter fell in a love with someone with Down syndrome? I've recently found it interesting that there are so many [of my] readers whose lives have been touched by someone with Down syndrome.
    Q Was there any research you did to help you pen the book?
    A I grew up in a family where I have mentally challenged cousins. I learned
    not only what it meant to love someone with mental disabilities, but also the challenges a family faces. I've also interviewed a good friend who works in a home with mentally challenged adults.
    Q What would you like readers to take away from "Just Like Other Daughters?"
    Page 2 of 2 - A I think we read a book like this because it touches our heart and also brings a better understanding about those with mental challenges. What you'll find in this book is while Chloe has Down syndrome as an adult, she's seeking independence and romantic love.
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Colleen Faulkner writing workshop; proceeds benefit Camden Friends Meeting
    WHEN Pre-registration required by Sunday, Nov. 2; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 for workshop
    WHERE Camden Friends Meeting House, 122 E Camden-Wyoming Ave., Camden
    COST $45
    INFO Call 698-3324

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