In this wide-ranging interview, author Paulette Mahurin speaks with Our Ventura TV host, Ken McAlpine. She discusses writing, self-publishing, the research behind her novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, and notes that all profits from the sale of the book go to the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, Ventura County, CA. (The first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County).

Paulette touches on how lyme disease turned her to writing. She speaks about the motivation behind her book, which was to shed light on hatred and intolerance. She talks about some of her research on the topic of frontier lesbians, including that it was once thought that being a lesbian was curable via rape.

Paulette Mahurin is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their three dogs: Eli, Max and Bella. She practices women’s health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time.

By Paulette Mahurin

In 1895, Oscar Wilde was convicted of gross indecency with other men in England. The news went out over telegraphs worldwide and it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. The book is a story of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing.


Director: Petrina Sharp


Frontier Lesbians: Hatred/Intolerance vs. Love/Friendship
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2 thoughts on “Frontier Lesbians: Hatred/Intolerance vs. Love/Friendship

  • May 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Good interview. Let’s hope it helps shine a light on intolerance and bring attention to getting more pet into homes. Thank you for featuring Paulette Mahurin.

  • May 16, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I read The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap and loved it. It’s great to see you in person, Paulette! I couldn’t agree more about the need to show up at the keyboard and just write.


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