International Women’s Week makes me think that I should be writing a feminist manifesto about my characters or my books…. But that really isn’t my style. My own feminism is pretty quiet– it never occurs to me that my opportunities are limited by my gender (by lack of interest, ability or finances, sure!). I’m indebted to all the women who broke down barriers before and made it possible for me not to have to worry about it. As a writer, I’m particularly fond of the women writers from the 19th century who wrote exciting and innovative stories or poems at a time when women were not expected to do such outrageous things. Emily and Charlotte Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott — they didn’t have the framework of feminism to shape their ideas, but their work speaks for their confidence and their bravery.
Most recently I’ve explored the always fascinating Bronte sisters. My latest novel, ALWAYS EMILY, has Charlotte and Emily Bronte solving a mystery on the moors. When I was writing it, Charlotte and Emily competed on every page for Main Character. As you can tell from the title, Emily won – but I loved them both.~ read more ~