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Thursday, July 4, 2013

A Long Time Waiting, Portsmouth Women Finally Published

Waiting has never been one of my trump cards. And so, the fifteen years it has taken to see a little collection of local women's history, written by women, actually published has been an exhilarating and terrifying roller coaster ride. And a sublime lesson in learning how to wait.
Everyone asks: How long did the book take? To which I reply: One year to gather the subject women and their biographers (for the original 16 chapters) and to see the book written; another 14 years before a publisher came forward.
The vindication has been sweet. The outpouring of support and congratulations quite marvelous, far beyond anything I ever expected. The contributing authors are a fantastic group of writers, intellects and scholars, who've been such a pleasure throughout. So much Girl Power, it makes me so proud. My sincerest hope is that women everywhere dig out the local history of women in their part of the globe. These biographies yielded more twists and turns, more connections to a wider history and happenings than any fiction writer could imagine. A long time coming, but certainly worth the wait.

(Also, if you haven't read the book yet, pick one up from your local bookseller!) — with Brady Carlson and Lola Pope.