Mar 9, 2023
This week’s guest is Janis Robinson Daly (The Unlocked Path, Black Rose Writing, August 2022). March is Women’s History Month and how better to celebrate this popular sub-genre of women’s fiction than with Janis, an active member of the WFWA Facebook sub-group and a debut writer whose great-great grandfather inspired her fictionalized story of the first women’s medical college at the turn of the century. Listen as well to our discussion of how libraries are an untapped sales avenue for authors and learn where to download Janis’ curated list of 31 books featuring research-rich stories of women who made history. .
Inspired by learning an ancestor was a founder of the Woman’s Medical College of PA, Janis Robinson Daly felt the stories of the college’s graduates needed to be told. With a love of history, she dove into research and began writing, balancing authenticity and details with a flair to create emotional connections to fictional characters.
While her family has roots in Philadelphia, she is a Boston girl through and through, from her accent to the New England Patriots flag hanging from her house. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College MA, at the time, an all-women’s college. At Wheaton, she developed a fond appreciation of supportive female relationships and a heightened awareness of female-centric issues. Both directed her writing of The Unlocked Path.
Splitting her time between Cape Cod, New Hampshire, and Florida, a tablet becomes her Kindle library and writing desk, packed into a travel bag for reading and writing wherever she might land. More adventures beckon her to document other women in history whose stories need to be discovered.
To learn more about Janis, click here.