I’m a historical fiction writer. I write fiction based on real women.
I thought I could find all the answers in books growing up. It’s a feeling that has stayed with me all these years. It explains why I now have more than 2,000 books on shelves all over my house.
Learning from other women
I learn about my own life from reading about other women’s lives. Louisa May Alcott struggled with her writing career for years. Isadora Duncan didn’t do well in school.
Knowing that other women struggled and succeeded helps me stay on my course.
Sometimes we think that women today have it easier than those in the past, and perhaps they do. Reading about other women helps me understand that we are still struggling to find our way and negotiate our lives.
Why are so many women’s stories overlooked?
What drives me to write about women is my belief that we are all alike. The things I want—to be kind, be bold, strive to be the best I can—are the same as what other women want. Hearing their stories reminds me that we are the same.
Their stories also tell me that there are other possibilities. They help me imagine a greater future and I wish they will do the same for you.