The Australian Romance Readers Association blog recently featured Steam eReads' November titles. They include my first historical romance, The Persuasion of Miss Jane Brody, set in Regency England.
My inspiration for this story was the life and writings of Mary Wollstonecraft (1757-1797). She
was associated with intellectuals such as liberal publisher Joseph Johnson, radical pamphleteer Thomas Paine and philosopher William Godwin. Wollstonecraft wrote The Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792. It was poo-poohed as ridiculous by most people aware of its content. Even other intellectual women in Society at the time were not supporters of her views. The term ‘bluestocking’, used to label an educated woman, was a term of derision for most of the nineteenth century.
The Persuasion of Miss Jane Brody arose from asking ‘how would a supporter of Mary Wollstonecraft’s views cope with falling in love?’ That someone, for me, was Jane Brody, a member of an educated family, who not only absorbed Wollstonecraft’s views but advocated them as well. Like Wollstonecraft, she fell in love and in doing so tried to find a way to retain her principles while committing to her lover.
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