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How to Tell Tales: the Writing of Women's Stories

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Posted: 05 Feb - 08:00 am  

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Drawn to history from childhood, the longer Wendy J. Dunn lives the more she uses history as a means to make sense of life and to explore universal themes. Wendy's first published novel was written through a man's POV but, besides telling his story of loving Anne Boleyn throughout his life, her character told the story of how women's lives in Tudor times were very much controlled by family and position and how their survival ultimately depended on the men controlling their world.
Wendy is attracted to the stories of "feisty" women. Giving voice to their stories lights the way forward in her own life; she hopes it will also help light the way forward for others.

Sophie Masson is the author of over 30 novels, for adults, young adults and children. She is interested in the complex characterisation of both male and female characters, and doesn't think women's stories need to be told in a special way. But they need to be told!

Brian Wainwright has written two published novels, both of which centre on female protagonists. As an author he feels it is often more interesting to address the medieval woman’s POV precisely because of the extra social and legal handicaps they faced. He also happens to like women, and finds them interesting as people!

Sandra Worth's love affair with history began in childhood and never released its hold on her imagination. Her recently published debut novel, currently number two on the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll for Best Books of 2003, is nominated for the 2003 Reviewers International Award and has won three pre-publication awards. She believes women in history figure large in any tale and that the 'How' of writing women's tales includes making history palatable, creating characters that are believable and appropriate, taking care in choosing a time period to write about, and undertaking solid research on the way people lived and how they felt in the culture of that time. Sandra believes that while historicals can be high adventure and enjoyable escape literature, they also teach us valuable lessons about our past--and about ourselves.

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