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“Let be myself and then I am satisfied.” #InternationalWomensDay

“I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion..." Anne Frank

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Today is International Women’s Day. 

“I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.” Anne Frank

Reading THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK was a profound and moving experience for me. I think I was the same age, or pretty close. 

“Let be myself and then I am satisfied.” 

For me, this sums up what I have sought my whole life and have hoped that my daughters and daughters-in-law, my granddaughters, all women will find. 

To be accepted, to be yourself, seems like such a simple thing. 

My late, amazing mentor, Sally Merlin, helped me identify the things in my life that fuel my writing. With her help, when I started to really look at themes (I hated them in school and avoided them when I could lol), in my stories, I realized that identity—finding out who you are—runs through almost every book I’ve written, in ways small and sometimes large. 

I doubt very much anything I’ve written will end up as assigned reading in a classroom, but I hope that my readers will find comfort in knowing that their journey to understand and to be understood is a shared one. That is one of the many things I love about books—finding out that you’re not alone.

So happy International Women’s Day! 

Perilously yours,


P.S. Today seems a good day to mention my “wrinkly romance,” LOUISIANA LAGNIAPPE, featuring the Baker boys dad, Zach. An Amazon reviewer had this to say about it: “Really sweet awesome love story for zack. Loved the mini-mystery and the intertwining story of Nell and Alex’s wedding.”

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