I'm excited to have Abigail Shepherd on the blog today! I enjoy her posts on Instagram and think you'll love her, too. And a big thank you to her for how patient she was as we worked to get my website back on track this week! Welcome, Abi!
From Abigail Shepherd:
Growing up, I was never made to feel that there was anything I couldn't do because of being a girl. My dad taught me his trade of window cleaning and I joined him in that as soon as I left school. So it was a bit of a surprise to find that most people considered it 'sweet' that I was accompanying him on his rounds. To my mind, I was just as much a professional window cleaner as he was. But most people didn't see it that way.
I'm still a window cleaner now, only Dad's retired and I work with my husband instead. Now that I'm 29, people don't think it's 'sweet' anymore. Instead, they usually assume that I'm my husband's assistant and sometimes, that I'm too stupid to get another job. Because window cleaning isn't considered women's work.
So ultimately, I think that's why I wrote a story about a young girl trying to be a farmer. Because I wanted to show teen girls that they can do whatever they want to do for a career, even if that's something traditionally done by males. Sadly, not everyone will agree with them on that. As in my character Victoria's case, there will be times when they aren't taken seriously, times when people try to hold them back. Sometimes they'll even manage it. Because, in essentials, this hasn't changed much since Victorian times. But I hope my book will show them that they can succeed anyway. And that the more opposition they face, the bigger the victory when they win through.
Bio: Abigail Shepherd is the 29-year-old author of teen historical fiction novel Victoria’s Victorian Victory. Her other work has most recently been published by The Flash Fiction Press, and Mystery Weekly, and she has a regency romance series, Ask Me No Secrets, on channillo.com She’s hoping her upcoming novel will encourage teenage girls to think about their futures, set goals for themselves, and insist on being treated with the respect they deserve. Her hobbies include fishing, napping, and drinking exceptionally good wine. She blogs at bewritingblog.wordpress.com
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Author of the Landry's True Colors Series, the Cecily Taylor Series, the Star Series, and Dating the It Guy.