Good morning and welcome to Friday Feelings. Today, we’re getting into the subject of women authors and what kind of books they write.
For many years, it was accepted that women could only write certain types of fiction. Yet, the female gender was branching out into books that were thought of as “difficult” or “male oriented” without letting on that they were women.
In our home, we all know the story of Alice Mary North. We’re fans of her works and have been for years. Her books take up a good five shelves on our book case. Ms. North was best known to her fans as Andre Norton, but she also wrote under the pseudonyms of Andrew North and Allen Weston.
I was very much amazed when I learned the Brönte sisters wrote their most famous works under male pseudonyms. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne were first received in the literary world as Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. Emily’s Wuthering Heights was described as being “brutal” and “wicked” and would have probably never been published if those in charge of the industry at that time had known a women wrote it.
With the exception of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott wrote under the name of A. M. Barnard for all of her career. Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin is better known as George Sand, Mary Ann Evens was famous as George Sand, and Violet Pagit was Vernon Lee.
There was also Karen Blixen as Isak Dinesen, Katharine Burdeken as Murray Constatine for her novel Swastika Night. June Tarpé Mills created comics during the 1930s using the pseudonym of Tarpé Mills, Robyn Thurman let people believe she was a man until much later in her career, and Christine Lynch & Meg Howrey wrote as Marquis Flyte.
All of these women faced one problem when opting for a career as an author. During the time they were alive, women were not accepted as authors. It was thought that a woman’s brain was too delicate to read much, let alone pen novels.History has proven otherwise.
So, ladies, if you are not writing a book in the genre you prefer, because it’s male oriented, take a shot. Many women ahead of you paved the path for you dive into the books you want to write. Oh, as a side note, it’s perfectly fine for men to write in what are considered traditionally female genres, such as romance.
About K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond. game when plotting a new story.
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