This Friday will be a dedication to Female Writers. There are many great ladies to choose from Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Nora Roberts and Jodi Picoult to name the “Superstar gals”. Women writers seem to rarely get the respect we deserved yet we are the majority of readers. When Nicolas Sparks writes a love story such as The Notebook or Dear John, those aren’t considered romance yet Rachel Gibson writes See Jane Score it is. Some might argue that those stories are different perhaps or perhaps not but that doesn’t matter. Today, I’m recognizing those women that inspire me either through their writing, which is how I know most or through the women they are.
I love Age of Innocence and The Buccaneers. I admit I’m not crazy about Ethan Frome but Edith Wharton is the greatest. I read her books over again and each time, I’m swept into Old New York. I know the next words yet I’m always thrilled by them. I’ve felt a connection with her when I first picked up one of her books. It was as if something came through the pages and into me, connecting me with her for forever. She is the person I would have loved to dine with. She is the reason why Paris is the place I want to spend my days and she decorated homes too, which is a passion of mine. Edith was and still is a perfection for me.
Jackie Collins. I love her and her juicy tales of Hollywood and scandal. My whole life I’ve wanted to visit LA. There isn’t a particular sight that I’m interested in. All I want is to feel the sun and smell the air, or smog. But the closest I’ve ever gotten to LA is the airport on my way to Honolulu.
What’s really great about Jackie is that she doesn’t try to be anything else. She’s fabulous in fact she’s better than Fabulous. She’s Jackie Collins.
Dorothy Parker was a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table and the only female included. She had a sharp wit that it seemed just the thing to have in her age but few possessed or as I like to think, displayed. She wrote screenplays, most notably A Star is Born. She also wrote the line, “Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.” She proves to be first, speak you mind and others will fall over themselves to be around you.
|LOUISA MAY ALCOTT|
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
Everyone knows Little Women and loves it. Most ladies vow that they’re Jo or perhaps Meg or Amy. But for me, I would like to believe I’m a Jo but I am a Beth. I remember being sick as a child in the hospital, looking out the window, or watching it rain and while others played outside I was stuck in-doors. I couldn’t get wet because if I got too cold, I could get sick. So, I was Beth. And at least I had someone to keep me company. And Louisa finally made me happy to be a girl when I only wanted to be like my big brother and play football. I did too though my mother never knew. And I could tackle the boys since I was taller than most of them.
I must admit that I’m not a Harry Potter fan. I’ve never read the books or seen the movies. But I must give her credit. She was on the dole and wrote out her book on a legal pad. J.K. never quit though there must have been people who told her otherwise. She created a world that has entertained millions across the world.
|LEANNA RENEE HIEBER
LEANNA RENEE HIEBER
I’m proud to say that Leanna is a friend of mine. She’s an award winning author. But what makes her one of my favorites is that she invites everyone into the wonderful Victorian paranormal world of hers and it weaves a spell about you so you never wish to return to everyday life. She amazes you with her kindess, talent, and selflessness. I suggest if you haven’t read any of her books pick up her Strangely Beautiful series or just click here. http://www.leannareneehieber.com/
I know people are going to say Jane Austen and I agree but I just wanted to include some others. If you think I missed someone please add to the list.