Today we're thrilled to welcome Eva Leigh to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Eva's latest release, Forever Your Earl, came out on September 29, and is the first book in her Wicked Quills of London series, which—you guessed it—features writer-heroines! Eva is here today to talk about other lady writers in romance. Thanks, Eva!
Editor's Warning: This post may contain spoilers for anyone who hasn't read some of the series mentioned below. If you like writer heroines, you'll love this post...but you may also get spoiled. Read with caution!
Women who write are definitely bad girls. People think we’re probably shy wallflowers who quietly pen stories to take the place of the adventures we never have—but the truth is, writing is daring. It’s even wicked.
For one thing, society often tells women to keep quiet, not to rock the boat, keep our opinions to ourselves, and be seen but not heard. What a bold thing, then, to actually step forward and demand that we deserve to be listened to? To insist that we have something to say? How subversive!
There’s a popular story about Jane Austen: her nephew alleged that she would write in secret, and then, when someone would come into the room, she’d cover her work with other papers, as if to disavow or hide what she was doing. But it’s more likely that Austen was proud of her writing, and pursued her work with ambition and self-respect. But the myth of shy, unassuming Aunt Jane has been part of popular culture for a long time. Think about what it means: that one of the most respected female authors was just a dabbler, quiet and humble—rather than owning her work, and being determined to make her mark in the world of literature. That’s what society at large wants us to take away from the awe-inspiring work of Jane Austen. But to that I say phooey.
[Witty writer heriones who stole the story ...]