New project – more history (herstory)

10 Apr

As some of you know, I’ve started a new book. This one will be filled with naughty bits, as well, but it’s taking on a new era in our history. I had so much fun writing about the Civil War era in “Forbidden Passions” that I thought I’d try another historical book.This book, which as yet remains untitled (but that’s a whole different blog! LOL), takes place in the year 1869 and deals with women fighting for the right to vote in the US. You’ll read about familiar names, such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott, to name a few, as well as some fun new characters.

I’ve always been fascinated with this time in our history, for seemingly obvious reasons – not the least of all being the parallel between women struggling for rights then and the GLBTQ population fighting for equality now. There was so much more going on during this time than simply the fight for the vote. There was also a struggle for equality in marriage and for fairer divorce laws. Back then, divorce was hard to come by and if a woman was granted a divorce, the husband almost always kept the children.

I have learned so very much about this over the past few weeks and I know I have so much more to learn. Somehow I feel like my butch card could be rescinded for not knowing more about this period in herstory!

So that’s the period when the book takes place. But who’s the book about?

The book is about nineteen-year-old Clara Minton, the only child of a well-to-do New Orleans couple. Her father is a prominent businessman and she’s just becoming active in the women’s rights movement. She struggles with whether or not she should tell her parents about her involvement. Part of her wants to believe they’ll support her, yet part of her fears what her new passion might do to her father’s reputation.

And speaking of passion…. enter Nellie Collins. Nellie is a twenty-two-year-old big wig on the local women’s movement scene. She’s been to a National Women’s Right Convention and is a prominent speaker at events in the south. She’s married to Martin Collins, but just how legitimate is that marriage?

Nellie is very much attracted to Clara and Clara is completely enthralled with Nellie. But is the battlefield for equal rights a conducive environment to a budding relationship? What about Nellie’s marriage? And Clara’s parents? How will they feel if there daughter is a suffragette? And then a lesbian?

Hopefully all these questions will be answered in this exciting new book…. if only I had a title to share…

Stay tuned…


Posted by on April 10, 2011 in Writing


3 responses to “New project – more history (herstory)

  1. Carrie Carr

    April 10, 2011 at 19:16

    Extremely cool! Looking forward to seeing what you do with this time period. 🙂

    • mjwilliamz

      April 10, 2011 at 19:19

      Thanks, Carrie. I think it’ll be a fun period to write about

  2. bookgeek

    April 11, 2011 at 13:44

    Great subject! A Vote for Women, indeed.


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