International Women’s Day: Women Authors

womensday Today is International Women’s Day, a day for celebrating both how far women have come and yet how far women must go to achieve true equality in today’s world. As an author, I would like to celebrate today by calling attention of some of my own favorite modern female authors. I think it is very important that the female voice is allowed authority in the literary canon, especially when it comes to the writing of female experience and overcoming centuries of horrible stereotypes and caricatures of women through all genres of literature.

 

So, without further ado, here is my short beginners list of modern female authors to support and add to your collection:

Tamora Pierce

Marissa Meyer

Parker J. Cole

Amanda Romaine Lynch

Rainbow Rowell

Anita Diamant

Sarah Dunant

Annie Dillard

Terry Tempest Williams

Leslie Marmon Silko

 

 

 

 

 

Followers: what female authors would you add to this list?

Black History Month: Authors/Poets Edition

In honor of Black History Month being this February here in the States, I thought I’d share my list of favorite Black authors, poets and artists. These individuals have beautiful voices, and though they in no way need mine in order to validate them, I strongly recommend soaking in their wisdom and reflecting on what they have to say, no matter what background you come from.  Theirs are beautiful, powerful voices.

Have your own favorites to add to the list? Comment below, along with a link and maybe even your favorite collection/novel/non-fiction book by them!

Today I Met One of My Heroes…

Frank Beddor, author of the Looking Glass Wars series. I’ve always been in love with Alice in Wonderland with all of its forms, so when I saw several years ago that there was a re-imagining of the classic surrounding the idea of an imagination war, I was immediately taken. So when I went to the Denver ComiCon today, you can imagine how tickled I was that there was an entire booth dedicated to him. I was determined to get something from his booth- and so promised the boy manning the booth that I would be back later.

When I came back, another man started talking to my housemate, who had come with me. When he asked if she knew much about the series, she responded, “No, but my friend knows all about it. She has the whole series.” Which, of course, prompts me to start gushing about the Looking Glass Wars right then and there because I just can’t help it.

The guy then smiles and says, “Well that’s good, because I’m Frank.”

I almost passed out.

Elizabeth Rose with Frank Beddor at Denver ComiCon, 2013.

Elizabeth Rose with Frank Beddor at Denver ComiCon, 2013.

We hugged, talked a bit, and then I ended up getting a signed print of Redd and a picture with him. I wish I wasn’t freaking out so much, because I really did want to say how much reading his work has meant to me. He, (along with the likes of Gregory Macguire) helped introduce me to my main passion- re-working classic tales to find new meaning. Reading The Looking Glass Wars showed me how an author can bring themselves to the level of their audience- to speak in a language that the audience already knows in order to say something fantastic and new. I can’t wait to start reading the Hatter Madrigan stories! I had heard about them awhile back, but had never had the chance to take a look at them- I saw them at the booth today, and was taken aback again. So it’s safe to say that Frank is pretty high up there when it comes to who influences me as a writer, and who I look up to. I’m so honored to have had the opportunity to meet him!

In other news, I also thought it was pretty awesome how many author booths there were at ComiCon, as well as how many small press booths there were. It was really neat to see new and recurring authors alike giving their book pitches just the same as I would- very encouraging to me, personally.

And of course, it was fun to dress up and see everyone’s costumes and whatnot. Overall, a very, very, very, very good day.

 

One Billion Rising: How Women Authors are Rising

Today, on the 15th anniversary of Valentine’s Day, the One Billion Rising event is occurring all over the nation. Today, women will dance, sing, and walk out to demand an end to domestic and sexual violence against women. Now, I’ve never been much of a spontaneous dancer- but I do believe in the importance of awareness and action regarding violence against women (hence why 10% of all of my own proceeds from ‘Till the Last Petal Falls will be donated to local battered women’s shelters). So, why not celebrate this momentous day by celebrating how other woman authors are standing up against domestic and sexual violence with their own particular skills?

I interviewed author L.F. Falconer, who sponsored a book signing event at her local library to donate all proceeds of the event to her local Domestic Violence Intervention, on her thoughts about donating to such an important cause.

 

ER:   So, L.F., what first made you think of doing a charity event for the Domestic Violence Intervention?  Was it suggested to you, was it something you wanted to do?

L.F.:  The idea of having a book-signing as a charitable event came to me in a casual conversation with a friend at work one day.  I immediately thought of Domestic Violence Intervention as the beneficiary because it related to a portion of my novel’s storyline.

ER:  The novel that was displayed at the fundraiser has to do with domestic violence.  What made you write about such a hard subject?  What do you think is the best outcome of writing about domestic violence?  Why is it important?

L.F.:  First of all, let me clarify—Hope Flies on Broken Wings is not specifically about domestic violence.  The novel includes it and it does figure as a vital component in the novel’s conclusion.  But the novel contains many other underlying issues as well, such as child abuse, bigotry, religious intolerance, and perceived socio-economic class segregation.  Choosing to write about any hard subject, in my opinion, can only help bring it further into the light to help raise awareness and awareness is half the battle.  Domestic violence is a stigma that is not just the stuff of fiction.  It is like a dirty little secret, something most people don’t want to talk about or even admit to, but it’s more prevalent than we can ever truly know and is not bound by any social or economic class, age, race, or even gender.

ER:  Tell us a little more about the DVI, and what they do.  What drew you to them, specifically?

L.F.:  Peace begins at home.  That is their motto.  Domestic Violence Intervention is the local nonprofit organization in my county that offers a 24/7 crisis line, confidentiality, shelter, counseling, and general support services to the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  Their goal is to promote and educate their clients about healthy lifestyle choices, empowerment, and safe living while breaking the cycle of violence.  They do receive some state and county funding, but appreciate donations of money, clothing, toiletries, etc., for often the women and children that need haven at their small shelter come in with nothing but the clothes on their backs and need to stay for several months as they try to take their lives back.  When it comes to charities, theirs is a cause most people tend to overlook.

ER:  Would you encourage other authors to use their fiction for charity?  Why, or why not?

L.F.:  Absolutely, if possible.  It doesn’t have to be anything as full-blown as a 100 percent benefit book-signing, like I did, which has the potential to be quite costly on the author’s part, but there are numerous ways for authors, who are known for their creativity, to use fiction to benefit charities.  Recently, there was a media drive in my hometown for soldiers serving overseas, and this spring I will be donating a copy of each one of my novels to a silent auction that benefits the American Cancer Society.  I only advise that the novel be somewhat appropriate for the cause.  I did not donate Hope Flies on Broken Wings to the cancer support group that was requesting books for chemo-therapy patients.  I felt my book’s subject matter was too dark for that.  It’s a tragic story and anyone undergoing chemo does not need tragedy.

ER:  What is one piece of advice that you’d like to give to other beginner writers, or even veteran writers, who want to make more of a difference with their talent?

L.F.:  I think I would have to say, don’t be afraid to try and make a difference, no matter how small you might think it to be.  The written word is the most powerful tool we own, and if used in conjunction with goodwill, someone, somewhere, is going to be affected for the better.

ER:  And now to a fun question:  What has been the most surprising moment of your writing career?

L.F.:  This is a tough one.  I’ve been writing for over 40 years.  But I do believe the most surprising moment I’ve had so far is the first time someone asked to interview me!  Thank you.

ER:  Tell us about some of your current projects.

L.F.:  My latest novel, Exit Strategy, a dark thriller about a man suffering from multiple personality disorder, was just published at the end of January this year, and I’ve been feverishly working on the much-requested sequel to Hope Flies on Broken Wings, which I hope to have ready for publication this fall.  It contains a much stronger underlying theme of domestic violence, which might prompt me to do another benefit book-signing!

 

 

Nevada native, L.F. Falconer, has possessed a love of writing since she learned to read in first grade.  Over the last forty years, she has been published sporadically in various Northern Nevada newspapers and college publications under her former name.  Now remarried, she resides with her husband, Michael, in the same neighborhood she grew up in and for the past seventeen years has been employed as NAS, Fallon, home of the US Navy’s Topgun school, doing her small part in the training of fighter pilots.  Hope Flies on Broken Wings, published in 2012, was her debut novel. 

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