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Rita Mae Brown: Too Many Mouths to Feed

Rita Mae Brown had her literary breakthrough in 1973 with the novel Rubyfruit Jungle, recounting a young lesbian's escapades. She is the author of two bestselling mystery series -- the Sister Jane foxhunting mysteries and the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries. Brown lives on a Virginia farm with an array of animals.

How She Writes: "Most of the day I'm outside working on my farm. Therefore, in the summers I try to write my pages in the heat of the afternoon, so I can go indoors where it's cool. In the winter, I try to write in early mornings when it's too bitter cold to go outside and work."

Writer's Block Remedies: "I can't afford writer's block! I have too many mouths to feed on my farm: hounds, horses, cattle, even people -- but they aren't as important as my animals."

A Favorite Sentence: "Ice is the past tense of water."

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Marc Silver
Marc Silver, who edits NPR's global health blog, has been a reporter and editor for the Baltimore Jewish Times, U.S. News & World Report and National Geographic. He is the author of Breast Cancer Husband: How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) During Diagnosis, Treatment and Beyond and co-author, with his daughter, Maya Silver, of My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks: Real-Life Advice From Real-Life Teens. The NPR story he co-wrote with Rebecca Davis and Viola Kosome -- 'No Sex For Fish' — won a Sigma Delta Chi award for online reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.