I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves – Mary Shelley.
International Women’s Day is the day of celebrating women, making women’s voices be heard, and so it is the perfect day to share some of the female authors who have certainly changed my life. These authors come from a variety of backgrounds, all who face struggles in the literary world, and the world that we live in. By sharing their voices and their incredible work, I want to use this platform to inspire you to pick up the stories they have written and perhaps even fall in love with their words just as I have.
Frankenstein is a work of art, written by a young woman in a man’s world. It focuses on the battle between the monster and his creator, a horror story that people assumed was written by a man because it must have been too grotesque, too complex, too horrific to be born from the mind of a nineteenth century woman. It is unlike anything ever written before, a story that has numerous themes and analogies to her own life as well as the people around her. Mary Shelley was a feminist and a woman to be reckoned with. She survived all of her contemporaries and she proved that her voice was worth sharing. Mary Shelley paved the path for women to be able to write anything their mind conjures, to be on par and, sometimes, better the stories of their male peers.
I have to admit, I saw the spelling of “Robin” and assumed the author of The Farseer Trilogy was a man. Robin Hobb is an incredible writer of high fantasy, having penned 26+ books in her career. I have never read The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, but I imagine they can be compared to Robin Hobb’s books. The Farseer Trilogy may not be about the world of women – in fact, it is very much about the land of kings and princes – nevertheless, the female characters (though scarce) make an impact, stand up for themselves and have a lasting effect on the lands that they walk. In a male-dominated genre, Robin Hobb has a distinct voice and is the author I will return to when I need a dose of an intense realm of kings and mystical creatures.
If you are a reader of this blog, you know how much I love books by Adrienne Young. Her debut was only released last year, and she has just written her third novel. Adrienne Young’s novels are set in the Viking era, when men and women battled beside each other until their dying breath. Eelyn, the protagonist of Sky in the Deep, is a warrior through and through. She is stubborn, she is strong, and she will protect her clan until her dying breath. Tova (of The Girl The Sea Gave Back) is strong in a less brutal way. It is her endurance, her inner strength and her sacrifice that makes her remarkable. I cannot wait to read Fable, the latest work, by Adrienne Young as I am certain there will be another female warrior who will battle and broaden the conventions of womanhood.
I have followed Phoebe Lovatt’s career since I found a small feature on her in Company Magazine. Yes, it has been years. She started as a freelance journalist, interviewing artists from across the globe and has become a speaker, innovator and director of her own business which helps and inspires women who work across the globe. Her book The Working Woman’s Handbook is an inspiring and insightful read that ranges from interviews with successful women in their fields of work to tips on making the industry work for you and exercises to complete in order to make your working dreams come true. Her passion and determination will inspire you to work harder than ever before.
Tomi Adeyemi needs no introduction. Her work has inspired and resonated with millions of readers worldwide. She writes with conviction, honesty and integrity and she has created a world that is cherished by her fans. Tomi Adeyemi wanted to give a voice to black people which is why she began writing Children of Blood and Bone during the #BlackLivesMatter campaign. Although I cannot speak for the black community, I am certain that her books have given them a voice that they needed, a voice that the entire world needs. Her work is a masterpiece and her female protagonists are created with strength and magic.
I love that World Book Day and International Women’s Day are just three days apart because it means that I can talk about two topics that are extremely important to me. It certainly gives March an incredible start to the month.
Which female authors have changed your life?
Love, Faye xo
Some of the books I mention have been gifted as part of previous blog tours and campaigns.