As we near the end of March, Women's History Month, it is important to recognize the strong female characters our authors write about. When asked about such characters, ones they've written themselves and ones they've loved as readers, here were some of our author's responses!
Annie Manning certainly wasn't the world's definition of beauty. She was fifty years old, short, soft around the middle, and scarred. She dyed her red hair, not to cover the well-earned grays but to retain the fire she felt inside and reflect that on the outside.
She had laugh lines around her eyes and other parts hung a little lower than they had decades before. But, she'd borne two children, after losing one to miscarriage. And, she'd been beaten down more than once, in more ways than met the eye. He knew that from the way she would cringe without thinking or would say she was sorry when she'd done nothing wrong.
Her steps were sometimes less than sure, due to her own medical issues, and that presented other challenges as well. Yet, she still danced in the rain and fell to her knees in the dirt to marvel at new seedlings. She was beautiful in the way only women of a certain age can be, especially when they had walked through fire. And still she laughed. Her laugh spoke of hope and faith and a belief in joy, despite all her previous sorrow. - Love in the Middle, Barbara Lieberman"
One of my favorite ladies is Aislinn O'Rourke. She is a self-made businesswoman who built her empire from the ragtag mess her father left and she is an alpha lady all the way. But she's fragile and has a past just as anyone has."- SH Pratt
“Math and Sampson’s mother doesn’t make an appearance in the book. However, both boys reference her. To me, she is vital to these two characters, as well as the book itself, because she is the only positive experience any of the characters have with an adult. It makes her absence in the story that much sadder. The hole she leaves in Math and Sampson and how strongly they feel it, prove what a huge influence she was to them.”
“Amy Bishop’s mother is only mentioned once, and could be easily missed. To understand the importance of her mother, one must first understand Amy Bishop. To me, she is the epitome of the pressure and expectations put on today’s young women.
During the week, she stays with her father. As Math points out, at school she dresses like a nun, compared to during the weekend where her mother is “a bit more relaxed.” Her mother offers her a chance to explore with her outward appearance and her identity in a way she can’t with her father. Her mother allows her the freedom and ability to also be heard, as Amy, too, has expressed the feeling of being voiceless and how “sometimes, it can feel like no one is listening. And sometimes all you need is someone to listen." - Taken from Ellie Lieberman's blog, Dusty Shelves!