Thursday May 16, 2024

Herstory Unveiled: A Collection of Women's Historical Fiction Short Stories

My guests today on the Online for Authors podcast are the editors of Feisty Deeds: Historical Fictions of Daring Women with a forward by Aimie K Runyan.

The stories in Feisty Women span six centuries. Within these stories, you’ll find that even when time periods and geographical locations vary greatly, women’s struggles as they confront adversity are often remarkably universal. The twenty-three stories in this collection follow ordinary women from the 1470s to the 1960s as they rise to meet life’s challenges.

Foreign invasions, the outbreak of war, rigid domestic authority, strictures of society and religion, the supernatural, love and family bonds all serve as catalysts for the feisty deeds of the women in these tales.

Aimie K. Runyan is the internationally bestselling author of The School for German Brides, A Bakery in Paris, and Mademoiselle Eiffel. She writes to celebrate unsung heroines. She has written eight historical novels and is delving into the exciting world of contemporary women's fiction. She has been a finalist for the Colorado Book Award five times, a nominee for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' 'Writer of the Year, ' and a Historical Novel Society's Editors' Choice selection. Aimie is active as a speaker and educator in the writing community in Colorado and beyond. She lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her wonderful husband, two (usually) adorable children, two (always) sweet cats, and a pet dragon.


IG: @bookishaimie

FB: @aimiekrunyan

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After a career as a university professor teaching and publishing in philosophy, Carolyn Korsmeyer turned her hand to fiction. She has published two novels, one historical – Charolotte’s Story, one a mystery – Little Follies: A Mystery at the Millennium. Her third novel, Riddle of Spirit and Bone, will be released in February 2025.



FB: @carolyn.korsmeyer

IG: @carolyn.korsmeyer

LinkedIn: carolyn-korsmeyer


Christy Matheson writes romantic Regency fiction about friends, family, and finding one's place in an ever-changing world. Her debut novel was a finalist for the 2023 WFWA Rising Star Award, and is currently on submission, represented by Kristina Sutton Lennon. She is an award-winning spoken word poet. Christy is also an embroidery artist, classically trained pianist, and sews all of her own clothes. She lives in Oregon, on a country property that fondly reminds her of a Regency estate (except with a swing set instead of faux Greek ruins), with her five children, two Shelties, a bunny, and an improbable amount of art supplies.


FB: @ Christy Matheson, Author

IG: @christy_matheson_author

X: @CMathesonAuthor


Elaine Schroller reads and writes historical fiction to escape writing about computer software and to travel to other places in time. Her degree is in History, which gave her the perfect training for researching specific places and events in DARE NOT TELL and THE BRAVEST SOLDIER. She’s traveled to all but one of the countries in the books and visited all the sites where the story takes place, some more than once.


She was an oil brat, and attended high schools in Algiers, Algeria, Northwood, England, Clear Lake City, Texas, Beirut, Lebanon, and Kingston-upon-Thames, England. For many years, she’s lived in Bellaire, Texas. She and her husband raised their son there. Now they have a rescue cocker spaniel underfoot and travel as often as they can convince their son to look after the dog for them.


Elaine is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Women's Fiction Writers Association.



IG: @elaineschroller

FB: @elaine.aucoin.schroller


After selling her European fashion specialty store in 2016, Kay Smith-Blum began writing the

novel she had been percolating on for two decades. Three manuscripts later, Smith-Blum’s debut

novel, Tangles, depicts the human costs of the nuclear age and the dangerous legacy it leaves for

future generations. “The Calf” is a companion piece, and the first in a series of short works and

essays that will accompany the release of Smith-Blum’s novel in November 2024. Winner of the

2023 Black Fox Lit short story contest, Smith-Blum has been published in multiple literary




IG: @discerningKSB

FB:  @kay.smithblum

LinkedIn: kay-smith-blum-3877273

X: @kaysmithblum


Kimberly Sullivan writes the women’s fiction stories she loves to read, both contemporary and historic tales of women and the rich lives they lead along their journeys of self-discovery. She is an award-winning author of four novels and one short story collection - . Three Coins, Dark Blue Waves, In The Shadow of The Apennines, Drink Wine and Be Beautiful: Short Stories, and Rome's Last Noble Palace. Her new novel, EASTER AT THE THREE COINS INN, will be published in the autumn. A lifetime admirer and longtime resident of Italy, Kimberly is often guilty of sneaking the bel paese into her stories.



IG: @kimberlyinrome

Goodreads: Kimberly Sullivan

BookBub: Kimberly Sullivan Books


Teri M Brown, Author and Podcast Host:

FB: @TeriMBrownAuthor

IG: @terimbrown_author

X: @terimbrown1

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