How is possible that the last time I blogged was May 9? Time does fly! I’m now mostly settled in South Bend, Indiana, and lots of things have been happening personally, but I’m here to tell you about two book-related things:
- I was just recently interviewed by New Books Network about America’s Forgotten Suffragists. I think Jane and I could have talked for several more hours. It was so much fun! Take a listen.
- My chapter on Guinevere–“The Ethics of Writing Guinevere in Modern Historical Fiction”– in Ethics in Arthurian Legend was published earlier this month. It’s pretty expensive because it is an academic book, but you can purchase it from the publisher or you can get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and likely other places as well.
I also owe you guys several Fearless Females posts and a year-late newsletter (haven’t subscribed? you can do so at the top of any page on this site). I’ll get those to you over the next few days.
I’m also working on early research for my next biography, a proposal for a historical novel, and a draft of a historical novel. More to come on those.
Many of you may recall that back in June 2019, I spoke at the Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University on the evolution of the character of Guinevere throughout literary history. That led to me being asked to write a chapter for a book on Ethics in Arthurian Legend.
Fast forward three years and I can finally say THE BOOK IS BEING PUBLISHED!! It is called entitled Ethics in the Arthurian Legend and my chapter is “The Ethics of Writing Guinevere in Modern Historical Fiction.” It will be published by Boydell and Brewer by the end of 2023.
I have to say that this chapter is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever written because it was written in academic style and had to fit in with essays written by Medievalists, who have a totally different mindset and training from me. Being an author used to writing for the general public who doesn’t have her PhD and writes historical fiction in the modern age is very different than what these people do. But I have fabulous editors in Melissa Elmes from Lindenwood University and Evelyn Meyer from Saint Louis University, from whom I learned a ton. I really appreciate their patience with me, which was unending!
So with this title, I officially have six books coming out in about 14 months. And two other books due on Oct. 31 and Jan. 13. If you see a woman with her hair on fire, it’s probably me!