Tamsen Parker (School Ties) asked Twitter to help her find some STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) characters in romance. The response was overwhelming, so this post, covering mathematician heroines, will be the first in a series! Stay tuned for more, and in the meantime get your calculators out and do the math on these heroine mathematicians! Thanks, Tamsen!
When I set out to write School Ties, my student-teacher romance (sort of), I knew I wanted Erin, my heroine, to be a math or science teacher. Not because I didn’t have fabulous history, English, and French teachers—I absolutely did—but I liked the image of a woman standing up in front of a classroom full of guys not all that much younger than herself and quite literally schooling them in calculus. And statistics. And…well, you get the point.
When Shep, her hero, returns to teach at the boarding school where they first fell for each other, they’re in the same department and have a lot of respect for each other’s intellect and ability to teach, which don’t always correlate. Their professional regard for each other is part of what makes their romance work, because despite the other see-saws of power in their relationship, once they’re both at the front of their classrooms, they’re equals.