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Kiss Me Katie
Although I'm quite certain my writer friends will laugh and call me a liar (because they know the angst I suffer with every book), I am going to say that KISS ME, KATIE was great fun to write.
Okay, maybe the writing itself wasn't exactly a picnic, but I certainly enjoyed the research. Women's history wasn't a featured subject when I attended school. Therefore, I was fascinated and enthralled as I read about the courageous women who fought long and hard and sacrificed so much for the generations of women that would follow.
In KISS ME, KATIE, I take my readers back to Homestead, Idaho. The hero, Ben Rafferty, is the son of Rose and Michael Rafferty, and the heroine, Katie Jones, is the daughter of Lark and Yancy Jones.
After graduating from Vassar College, Katie remained east to work for the women's suffrage movement in Washington, D.C. But in May of 1916, she returns to Homestead on a mission-to motivate the women of Idaho who have the right to vote to use their votes to help other women earn the same right. She relies on her dearest childhood friend, Ben Rafferty, now owner and publisher of The Homestead Herald, to help her achieve her goal. Katie talks Ben into allowing her to write a column for the weekly newspaper, and her unpopular beliefs quickly throw the entire town into an uproar, inspiring some, but angering many more.
Ben proves to be her most ardent supporter...and possibly her downfall. Katie decided years before that she would dedicate her life to women's suffrage and, like her inspiration, Susan B. Anthony, would never marry. She knows she doesn't need a man, but now she discovers wanting one is something very different. Seeing Ben again sparks feelings in Katie completely at odds with her notions of women's independence-emotions her mind fervently resists, but which have her heart voting an enthusiastic "yes!"
A November release is a particularly appropriate month for KISS ME, KATIE as, besides being election month, it coincides with the 100th anniversary of Idaho women obtaining the right to vote. (Congress ratified the 19th Amendment giving all American women the right to vote on August 26, 1920.) In addition, this November celebrates the 80th anniversary of the first woman, Jeannette Rankin (D-Montana), being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. (Rankin, a renowned pacifist, was influential in securing the vote for Montana women in 1914). I guess we really have come a long way, baby!
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