Janis Robinson Daly
Book Lover – Writing Them
Inspired by lines found in the obituary of my great-great grandfather, an abolitionist lawyer and a founder of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, I am working on my first novel. My interest in the tumultuous period of global events in the first half of the 1900s and the untold stories of women who lived through those trying times set the stage for my main character.
I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College, MA, at the time, an all-women’s college, with fond appreciation for the supportive relationships developed between students and alumnae. More recently, I completed a Creative Writing course from Wesleyan University. Soon afterward, I was selected to attend a writer’s retreat with award-winning author Amity Gaige, one of the Wesleyan professors. I also participate in a local writers’ group for weekly critiques and multiple book clubs to expand reading beyond my preferred genres.
I intend to draw upon my past study, personal experiences and a career in marketing and sales to publish novels that other women will want to read. I aim to unearth the stories of women in history whose lives remain in the shadows. Their stories need to be told with a respectful balance of authenticity and fictional flair to draw readers into a deeper, more emotional connection than can be achieved with drier biographies.
Debut Novel Synopsis
Philadelphia, 1897: After witnessing her aunt’s suicide, eighteen-year-old Eliza Edwards vows to find ways to help and heal. Rejecting a society debut, she enters medical college. A determination to conquer curriculum demands and personal doubts and battle professional sexism charts her new life course. Combining science and sympathy, she triumphs to heal herself and others.
A historical fiction, TITLE TBD follows the life of a pioneering woman from 1897 – 1920. Choices made. Love found. Love lost. A family impacted by global events, including a World War, the Titanic sinking, a pandemic, and the 19th Amendment ratification. From Philadelphia to Newport to Boston, Eliza Edwards navigates to her destiny as a career woman, wife, and mother with the support of the women around her.
Through extensive research and feedback from writers’ conferences and a series of beta readers, I have polished my manuscript. Eliza Lo Chin, M.D., Executive Director of the American Medical Women’s Association, read and endorses the novel for authenticity of a woman doctor’s perspective, medical scenes and terminology used.
Please send me a note through the CONTACT page to learn more and to be considered as a preview reader prior to publication. When I publish my book, I hope to travel and visit with book clubs across the country for a personal, lively discussion. If you’d like me to consider scheduling a visit your book club, please complete my survey.
Book Lover – Reading Them
I’m happy to share my thoughts on books I’ve read recently for pleasure, book club selections, and for writing research. Visit my Book Reviews page for a full run-down, including access to compiled lists from surveys for Book Club Choices and ideas for Bookish Gifts.
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Janis Robinson Daly
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