Writing Contest



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3rd place
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The Lip Reader


Michael Thal 

Set in Iran during the 1960s and 1970s, and later in Los Angeles, California, Zhila Shirazi tells her story firsthand. She reveals the real-life struggle of being a deaf woman who refuses to allow adversity to stop her from reaching her dreams of living a normal and fulfilling life.

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Learn More About The Author

Michael Thal 

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Michael Thal is the author of five published novels—Goodbye Tchaikovsky, The Abduction of Joshua Bloom, and The Koolura Series—The Legend of Koolura, Koolura and The Mystery at Camp Saddleback, and Koolura and the Mayans.

Moving from the frigid Northeast to comfy Southern California in 1973, Michael taught elementary and middle school for 28 years until a freak virus left him deafened at the age of 50. He reinvented himself as a writer composing over 80 published articles in print magazines as well as novels for middle grade and high school-aged students.

You can learn more about Michael Thal on his website and blog at www.michaelthal.com. His books can be purchased on Amazon.com and on his website. Please check out his blog at http://www.michaelthal.com/blog and sign up for a FREE subscription.

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Interview With The Author

When did you start writing?

When I started teaching in California, I had to take the CBEST exam to get my state certification. The test results showed my writing score in the top 1% of the state. That's when I started taking writing seriously. 

What makes writing your passion?

Writing came easy to me. It's like my superpower. I have a routine I follow when creating a piece, and it works. And when an article or book is completed, and I re-read it, I can't believe I wrote that. 

We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

Once I set my mind on a project, I won't give up. It has to be completed. Here's what I do: I make sure I write at least one chapter a month. My last book took me four years to write, but it is complete and will be published by a traditional publisher in November.