Whatever the definition, women sharing life experiences, struggles, humor and ways to deal with all this is a good thing in my book. No pun intended. Anytime a woman can break away from the demands of caring for others, career, trying to fit in exercise, friends, and all the other things that yank at us to write a story, it allows a discussion to be had amongst us. We may find ourselves laughing at the same silly things we do, crying at events that ripped our hearts out, or discovering a new way to deal with a problem in our life.
When I set out to write ‘I Know You’re There’, I was targeting my story to nurses. It’s very rare to find a novel with a nurse protagonist written by a nurse. The reason for this surely won’t surprise you. Nurses are busy! Once, the book was published, I was surprised to find that it had two other popular women’s markets: Emerging Adult (post college graduate age, entering the real world and all that entails) and Prime Time Women (those 50-75 who generally are finished focusing on child raising and/or career but are vibrantly pursuing other interests).
There is no greater compliment to an author than a reader who shares how the author’s novel touched them in a special way.
“That part when they are changing the women’s diaper, I was rolling on the floor laughing.”
“You described the process of caring for someone who is dying perfectly. I had so many of those same experiences when I cared for my dad.”
“I really liked how you described heaven. It made me think.”
As women bond together and share our unique experiences, we grow stronger. It’s not always easy to get women together given the massive amount of responsibilities they tend to. A women’s fiction book, however, can be read alone and pondered. Or, if given the opportunity, open the door to discussions with other women who may be looking for validation, comfort or a good laugh.
‘I Know You’re There’ is Susan Allison-Dean’s debut novel. It is available on most e-book sites including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore and in paperback.
Have you read a good women's fiction book lately?