Vanda


Bio

I was born and raised in Huntington Station, Long Island, but my mother would never let us call it that. She said we came from South Huntington. Saying we were from Huntington Station, according to my mother, made it sound like we came from the other side of the tracks. And, well, Mom, we did and that fact has greatly influenced my writing.

My novel, JULIANA (Vol. 1: 1941-1944) was long listed for the MsLexia Novel Award and is shorted listed for the Goethe Book Award. Juliana is the first in a series in which the same characters live out LGBT history in New York City through the decades. My life mission at this time is to honor this history and to let people, gay and straight, know the LGBT community shares a rich cultural history that is as important and as valid as any other minority group’s cultural history.

As a playwright I have received a numerous honors, among them an Edward Albee Fellowship. My play, Vile Affections, published by Original Works was a finalist for a National Lambda Award. My play, Patient HM, which later became The Forgetting Curve, won the Pride Stage and Screen’s Women’s Playwriting Award and another play, Why’d Ya Make Me Wear This, Joe, won Celebration Theater’s (where Naked Boys Singing originated) Best New LGBT Play.

My non-fiction story, “Jack,” was published in Prairie Schooner and another non-fiction piece, “Roger: Lost Between Philosophies,” which appears in Pentimento was selected by New Millennium Writings for Honorable Mention from a submission pool of 1,300.

I love connecting with my readers and future readers. Contact me and let me know about your reading experience.

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Olympus Nights on the Square--Preview (Book 3 of Juliana series) Vanda

In a world where same-sexed relationships are illegal can Alice and Juliana’s love survive? It’s 1945. Juliana wants to be a star and she has the singing voice to do it. Alice is determined to make Juliana into the star she wants to be. The worst thing that could happen to Juliana is to be discovered as gay. The worst thing that could happen to Alice is to lose Juliana. Alice must guard their secret at all costs. Will the gossip columnists and the new laws destroy them?

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Juliana (Vol 1: 1941-1944) Vanda

New York City, 1941. Alice “Al” Huffman and her childhood best friends are fresh off the potato farms of Long Island and bound for Broadway. Al’s plans for stage success are abruptly put on hold when she’s told she has no talent. As she gets a job to pay for acting classes, Al settles into a normal life with her friends and a boyfriend. It all changes when she meets Juliana… A singer on the brink of stardom, Juliana is everything Al isn’t: glamorous, talented, and queer. The farm girl is quickly enthralled, experiencing thoughts and feelings she never realized were possible. Al finds herself slipping between two worlds: the gay underground and the “normal” world of her childhood friends. Until the worlds collide.

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