Coffee chat - Jeanette O'Hagan and writing for Like A Girl anthology
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Today I'd like to welcome to Jeanette O'Hagan to my blog. Jeanette is here to talk about her writing and to launch of Like A Girl anthology.
Review at the bottom of the page.
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D L: Why did you submit a story to this anthology?
JEANETTE: I love writing stories and I’m passionate about girls and women getting a fair go in life. I can remember when I was five being devastated at getting a Doll’s Tea Set for Christmas while my two brothers got Tonka trucks. We were an inseparable trio looking for adventures together. My dad encouraged me to pursue knowledge and education, which I did and have never regretted it. So for me, Like A Girl is for a great cause — supporting girls’ education, nurturing and encouraging their abilities to make a difference in the world.
She has a medical degree, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Theology and has completed her Master of Arts (Writing) with Swinburne University of Technology in June 2015. Jeanette loves reading, painting, travel, catching up for coffee with friends and pondering on the meaning of life. She lives in Brisbane with husband, two school-aged children and two cats.
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All the stories are well written, with characters and plots and well rounded stories. Many of the stories are told in a child or young adult's point of view, but not all are. I guess that if girls and teens are going to be the target audience then it makes sense to make the characters girls and teens.
What's truly beautiful about this anthology is the message it sends to girl, boys, women and men. While the heroes in these tales are all females, this isn't a chick's book. It's a must read for both male and female.
Girls and women should read it to know they are supported with whatever decision they make in life or whatever journey they take. The tales in Like A Girl will no doubt inspire girls to make an effort to become educated and thus improve their lives.
Boys and men should read it to see that woman can be strong and still be sweet. It's a bit like it you want a boy to grow up and treat a woman as an equal then don't let him see women doing everything for men. It's worth the read. And if it inspires you to take that new job or take that trip or book that course or simply stay in school, then we authors have achieved our brief of improving the lives of women.
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