I wrote this post for International Women's Week at E. Kristin Anderson's blog: Guest Post from Martha Wells: Rewriting My Childhood
It's basically about looking for books with female characters when I was growing up in the 70s, why I wrote the Emilie books, and lack of representation.
So all this is basically why I wanted to write the Emilie books. We know now that representation of women, of POC, and LGBT characters in MG and YA books is important. But I don’t think we’ll ever really understand the real long term effect of not seeing people like you in the books that you live your life through, that give you the strength to go on, that form the only mental bulwark against a cold angry reality for so many kids. I know I was basically raised to see myself as a secondary character in my own life, and what that did to me. I have no idea how much worse it must be to see yourself as completely absent.
* If you missed it earlier this week, I had a book come out: Emilie and the Sky World
* If you're in town and are interested, I'm doing a presentation for the SCBWI: on writing SF/F for kids and teens
* I'm also going to be a guest at LeoCon on March 29, in Commerce, Texas at TAMU-Commerce.
Post for International Women's Week
March 7th, 2014