Sinclair lives in Temple, Texas, but is a transplant from the
South Plains. She has been a reporter, a rock singer-songwriter, and is
currently a librarian. One of her poems appeared in the Texas Observer political
magazine, and her computer-derived prints are featured in art galleries.
has worked with an experimental art-rock ensemble, written country songs
for such Texas acts as the Maines Brothers, and sung backup for funk bands
and bluegrass performers. In her writing, she follows a similar path of
exploring her creative boundaries, writing scripts, plays, and musical
summer of 1989, and in the small Texas town of Tantona, to be openly gay
is to be notorious. But three closeted women are
Mandy, a young reporter, is hung up on God and women. Librarian Tina is eager to ditch old personal dramas, and rocker Cat is struggling to get her band off the ground.
Unanticipated connections bring the women together... and then there's Sherron, a reckless blonde who becomes the talk of the town.
come doused in Texas barbecue sauce, all the ingredients are present for
a surprising and spicy mix.
If the Wind Were a Woman
Texas, in the 1970s isnt exactly a hotbed of womens activism
and social turmoil. Barbara Wolfe lives in Tantona, and shes had her
fill of wondering if any of the communitys conventions will ever change.
Local society has its expectations for all of Tantonas residents,
and only a fool would dare to venture outside the well-drawn lines of whats
considered acceptable conduct. So Barbara lives her life in the closet,
and although its dull to the point of inertia, its at least
Then beautiful and secretive Darlene Fisher comes on the scene. The relationship that develops between Barbara and Darlene puts Barbara on a collision course with Darlenes violent fiancé. At times, it seems citizens in every social strata in Tantona have a stake in what happens between Barbara and Darlene. And then theres the upheaval that transpires in Tantona's political arena, thanks to two women daring to believe they have the right to fall in love.
If Darlene were nothing more than a headstrong gust of wind, Barbara might have had a shot at getting a lasso on her and controlling the events that beset them both. Instead, with Darlene being an uncontrollable force of nature, Barbara finds herself on the verge of becoming a local legend and gay pioneerthat is, if she manages to survive.
You met these fascinating characters later in their lives in Kelly Sinclairs debut novel, Accidental Rebels. Make the journey back in time to see how it all began here in the pages of If the Wind Were a Woman.
stunning conclusion to the Tantona Trilogy, that started with Accidental
Rebels, and continued in If the Wind Were a Woman.
In the summer of 1951, a hate crime happened in a small Texas town. It was covered up at the time, but the deadly event changed the lives of everyone involved. One of those, E.L. Marty Signoret, went on to write a famous young adult novel similar in impact to To Kill a Mockingbird.
Now in her eighties, Marty returns to Tantona, Texas, accompanied by her young would-be biographer. Marty is there for the funeral of Robertathe closeted lesbian who left a path of wounded lovers in her lifetime.
Roberta Steinhall, beautiful and ruthless, was the queen of the closet for over sixty years, yet she must have been a teenager once. Must have been ready to risk everything for the love of a girl. That girl was Marty.
A house burned down; a life was lost. Lies were told and secrets buried. Now Marty is ready to tell the truth to a circle of lesbians and gay men who knew Roberta in her prime.
that comprise most of the novel, we relive that summer of 51, where
a Latino man courts Martys married sister, a Jewish girl tries to
keep her Christian boyfriend under wrapsand teen lovers Marty and
Roberta are faced with a life-or-death decision.
In the Now
Carla Turner sets out to disprove reincarnation. To make her point and strike
a blow for science, she enlists Amy Duran, her favorite patient, for a past-life
regression that Carla believes is destined to fail.
But a potent, experimental drug used for the study works all too well. Amy is swept away into her previous life as Isao Watanabe, a Japanese World War II veteran, who finds twenty-first century Austin, Texas, to be as shocking as the female body he now inhabits.
To bring back her beloved Amy, Carla must battle a powerful drug company as well as her headline-chasing former professor, a woman determined to establish that past-life regression exists.
If Amy returns to the present, what happens to the charismatic Isao? Can two peopleone male, one female; one dead, one aliveshare the same body?
In the Now, an intuitive exploration of identity, gender, and faith, asks the thought-provoking question, what if reincarnation is a biological fact? And if its real, how do you face all the good and evil youve donein this lifetime or your last?
Debra Shanrahan, a veterinarian in New South Wales, Australia, anticipates a typical day of treating hogs and other livestock. The first hog she treats seems to be suffering from an unusually bad bout of bronchitis. Hardly cause for alarm-until the hog's owner and others who were on the farm turn up dead from suspected pneumonia.
Within days, people all over the world are falling suddenly, terminally ill with a virulent strain of flu. Governments either overreact or fail to take any action, but all too soon it becomes undeniably apparent that the unthinkable has happened: the Australian hog's illness has jumped from the swine species to the human species, and there's no known treatment, no cure, and no way to contain it.
The pandemic decimates the population in every corner of the globe. But oddly, some people are resisting the virus, even if directly exposed to carriers. Who are these hardy survivors? They are, for the most part, a group that was previously despised, mostly unloved, and only fitfully tolerated. They are the gays and lesbians.
Men and women
who were once marginalized in many societies are now elevated to be leaders
and redeemers who must find their way in a world where the old rules no
longer apply. God, or Fate, or the Omniscient Divine has intervened and
forever changed the hierarchy. Follow the riveting stories of Debra and
others who survive, in their struggle to triumph over biological Armageddon
and create a new world.