“I am not afraid of storms because I am learning to sail my own ship.” — Louisa May Alcott
When I grew up in the 1970’s I saw the practical side of feminism every day. My mom was single mother struggling to support us. She taught herself computer programming to do it. It wasn’t until I had kids of my own that I understood how she had juggled bills, work, parenting – all without ever letting the strain show. I admire her immensely. That is the lens that I always use when I look at my characters: what were their moms like?
My latest literary mystery, THE REVELATION OF LOUISA MAY (Chronicle 2015), is about Louisa May Alcott as a teen in Concord Massachusetts. The author of LITTLE WOMEN, a dozen spin-off novels and hundreds of “blood and thunder” stories, she was tremendously successful writer. By the end of her life she was a millionaire and she earned every dime from her pen. Louisa was very close to her mother, Marmee, and her three sisters. If that sounds familiar, you’re right. LITTLE WOMEN was based on Louisa’s childhood, with the enthusiastic permission of her family.~ read more ~