Since starting my first book in 2012 I have also written many women, so how women are portrayed generally in novels (particularly by male writers such as myself) has become of great interest to me.
“Modernity” – its electricity, instant communications, machines, firepower, and medicines, including especially birth control – is what has been most responsible for the end of restrictive millennia-old roles allotted to women, and that process is ongoing.
I remember thinking also that I had gone to great lengths to write the women well (particularly the French women, who in our “Anglo-Saxon” literature are too often caricatured as nutcases, fiends, deviants, or “exotic”), and she had zeroed in on a man.
The best route to follow as a writer is always to be genuine. You will never please everyone. Let the reader chips fall where they may.
The notion of this president being defeated for re-election by a woman is simply delicious.
In 1820, thirty year old James Fenimore Cooper was challenged by his wife to do what he claimed he could do…
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