On Writing

Harper’s Harpings – Reasons Why I Write #442



I have been asked what prompted me to write, they are several reasons why and I will chat about each of them over the coming months.

One of the reasons why I decided to write is that I couldn’t find the books I wanted to read.  The market at the time was flooded with one genre and although I have an appreciation for the subject matter, it’s not my cup of tea. A male Dom with a female submissive is not a story I enjoy.  Having said that I don’t tend to read the genre I write in anymore.  I used to, but since I put the pen to paper I stick to horror or crime thrillers.  It is an oddity as I am in love with love but for the last twelve months I have not been able to read a love story.

I want to read a modern-day version of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, have you read it?

Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888). The book was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. It was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The novel follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – and is loosely based on the author’s childhood experiences with her three sisters. The first volume, Little Women, was an immediate commercial and critical success, prompting the composition of the book’s second volume, entitled Good Wives, which was also successful. Both books were first published as a single volume entitled Little Women in 1880. Alcott followed Little Women with two sequels, also featuring the March sisters: Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886). Little Women was a fiction novel for girls that veered from the normal writings for children, especially girls, at the time. Little Women has three major themes:” domesticity, work, and true love. All of them are interdependent and each is necessary to the achievement of a heroine’s individual identity.”

In my opinion it is about strong women but not aggressively so, about life’s troubles and how they over come them, it’s about love, unrequited and mutual. they are so well written, I only hope that my career will take me to the stage that I can also write that well.  I will keep going until I do.

I just adore it and I can’t find a modern-day tale or saga that is of the same ilk.  I know these were written well over 100 years ago but the story can be modern-day too.  I am looking probably in the wrong places but so many books are based on the male character and I want books that are based on the female character that is strong and is willing to fight for what she wants and needs.

If you know of such a book or series, please let me know.

Thanks for reading.



Harper’s Motto: You will not be everybody’s favourite flavour, but that’s ok, because they will not always be your favourite flavour.   Be who you want to be and you will attract the people who will support you no matter what.


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