A Brief History of Women in America

A Brief History of Women in America

by Thomas William Simpson

Hardcover(An all new history of women in America)

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ISBN-13: 9781538037638
Publisher: NOOK Press
Publication date: 10/04/2017
Edition description: An all new history of women in America
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

When I first conceived this story I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get into the head and psyche of a young woman dealing with the kinds of problems and emotions faced by Elizabeth Hamilton. I feared a difference in age and gender would hold me back. But the subject of revenge… reprisal… retribution… has always fascinated me (See The Caretaker and The Passage), and so I did what I’ve been doing for over thirty years—I simply started writing. The idea for the story first started to percolate after I read an article about a professional athlete who had nearly beaten his girlfriend to death. Police detectives discovered when investigating the case the abuse had been going on for years. No one could understand why the young lady hadn’t done anything to put an end to it. That struck me immediately as the impetus for a story. So I wrote it down in my little black book where I keep my story ideas. Sometime later I read an article about the vast number of rapes in the US military. Most went unreported and those that were reported typically got swept under the rug. Hmm, women getting beaten and raped. I made a few more notes in my little black book. Not long after that I read another article about how young women were often lulled into the internet porn industry through drugs and deceit. And like a flash of lightning, A Brief History of Women in America exploded across my brain. I saw it all clearly as a three act play. I wrote the first draft in a few weeks. The three acts were there but I didn’t yet have the voice. So I put the manuscript away for a year or more. I eventually tried again, made several refinements in the plot, added some depths to the characters, but still I couldn’t hit the right tone for Elizabeth’s voice. She sounded too male, too harsh, too calculating. So I put the manuscript away again. Another year passed. I met a friend’s daughter, a grad student at NYU. An hour in her company and I could hear, for the first time, Elizabeth Hamilton’s voice in my head. Elizabeth has plenty of attitude but she’s still a kid, not at all sure what to do with all that angst and anger, but 100% sure she must do something. There is no greater cowardice in life than inaction. A tight knit middle class American family torn asunder by events beyond their control—great stuff for a contemporary American novel. I hope you enjoy spending some time with Elizabeth. She’s quite a girl—tough and ornery but also loyal, reflective, and very, very passionate.

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