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Elsewhere on the Internet: First Novels, Lady Novelists & Wooden Brides

April 19th, 2012 at 13:00

Margery Allingham, at work

The article on gender, genre, publishing & ME in yesterday’s Hobart Mercury is now up electronically. Admire my library, cos it doesn’t always look quite that tidy. Cough. Thanks to Rebecca Fitzgibbon (@becfitzgibbon) for the article, it’s lovely to see some coverage of fantasy-relevant topics (not to mention feminism, gosh!) in our local paper. Bec has been writing some great pieces on culture in recent months, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for her byline.

I linked to this once already but I think it bears repeating: I appear on Jim C Hines’ blog, talking about my first novel publication.

Over on Doctor Her I finished up my series (for now at least) looking at Domesticating the Doctor with Marrying the Ponds.

A half-worked-out story idea about the concept of “lady novelists” and some mad Google fu led to my creation of this Pinterest board: Lady Novelists. I started out looking at 1920′s-1930′s era of women and then went a bit off book to add all kinds of people. I became fascinated with the images that came up for searches of particular authors – and when I only chose one picture to represent each (occasionally I picked a couple) I tried very much to find pictures that showed them at work – at the typewriter, holding books or public speaking. I was quite selective, trying not to automatically pic the most glamorous or smiley picture, but one that represented that writer’s personality. Except Nancy Mitford, of course, for who the glam pictures are just so calculated! And of course, some of them like Margaret Mitchell are glamorous while working. I also tried not to automatically go for an image of the author in her early career when I could put in a picture of a more interesting older woman. Miles Franklin, for instance, is so often depicted as a very young woman rather than the adorable dotty lady she seems to have become in later life.

I also took some new Deepings Dolls pictures that I’ll be putting up over the next week or two. Since my library was all clean and tidy from my photographer visit (heh) I used it as the base for this series of pictures, playing with books themselves as backgrounds. In this case, for Reader, I Married Him I used my aged and beloved copy of Jane Eyre (hate the novel, love the book) as a backdrop for a fake wedding album for a very happy example of our ‘nostalgia bride and groom.

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3 Responses to “Elsewhere on the Internet: First Novels, Lady Novelists & Wooden Brides”

  1. Sean the Blogonaut Says:

    Cough. Rosemary Sutcliff. Cough.

  2. tansyrr Says:

    Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. Alex Says:

    That’s my favouritest pic of Tiptree ever. Also it made me realise I’d never seen a pic of Our Joanna before!

    How about Mary Stewart?

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