Thank you to all my readers who continue to show interest in Her Storyline. I think it’s time that I answer some of your most frequently asked questions.
- What made you want to start up this website?
Women are often misrepresented in history, but something that really motivated me occurred on one Tuesday night. I came back from a class, and my mom was watching a movie about an extraordinary heroine that took place during World War II. I wondered why I never heard of her. I thought of more stories that get missed in history, and I wanted to help bring them to the surface.
- How do you decide who you’re going to write about?
I decide when knowing that a certain person won’t get out of mind until I write about her. That’s when I know. There are so many people I want to write about, but there’s so little time!
- Are you the only person who works on this site?
I do a lot of it, but I have my own inspirational support crew. They edit, write, give honest feedback, and are there to make suggestions. A special shout out to Jenny, Brenda, Lynn, Kyle, and Dad.
- So you do take suggestions?
I do, but I can’t take them all unfortunately. However, I do like hearing them. They’re very uplifting.
- Where do you find your subjects?
All over! Like I said, I take suggestions. Lots of times I feel like I’m led to them. I like history in general. Random books, shows, and footnotes make me curious. I’ve made the most discoveries, however, while doing research about someone else.
- Who’s been your favorite?
I can’t say. That’s like picking a favorite child! It sounds cliché, but it’s true.
- Who do you like least?
The majority of the time I love whom I’m writing about or I wouldn’t be writing about that person! However, there are people within their stories that I would like to have a little chat!
- Like whom?
Hmm…the top two are King David and Robespierre. I don’t think they would like to talk to me though!
- Out of the women, who would you like to interview most?
Whoever I’m writing about! If I had to pick one, though, I’d choose Anne Neville, wife of King Richard III. Hopefully, she would tell the truth about herself, her husband, and what really happened to those poor princes in the tower.
- Why don’t you post more often?
It can take a really long time for me to research and write the posts. Sometimes I get too nervous. And I admit that sometimes I don’t make time.
11. Who’s surprised you the most?
Definitely Marie-Antoinette and the Kennedy clan.
- Who would you like to be friends with most?
I would have to say Michal. It sounds weird, but in a way, I feel like I’m already friends with her. I’ve spent the most time with her. If I met her in real life, I hope she’d let me in.
- What’s the biggest lesson you learned since starting this website?
That extraordinary people exist now and all around us. Everyone really does have a story and contributes so much to society—even if they don’t think they do. As great as it is to learn about people in the past, it’s also good to learn about the people in the present.
- What’s the most frustrating thing about keeping up this website?
Getting sad. Sometimes I can hardly bear the sorrow that these women went though. And to be totally honest, it’s also difficult for me to keep going when those who are near and dear to my heart roll their eyes at my efforts. Thankfully, I’m blessed with more supporters.
- What does “remember the ladies” mean?
It’s what Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John, when he met with the Continental Congress in 1776. She wanted women to have a voice—almost 150 years before American women could actually vote!
- Will you write about Mormon pioneer women?
I hope so! They are very extraordinary!
- What’s your favorite time period?
I enjoy the intrigue surrounding the Wars of the Roses. I also love the Tudor era. Think about it—even if you don’t give a hoot about what was going on at the royal court, there’s something for everyone like religious reformers and martyrs, exciting world discoveries, and odd fashion.
- Who would you be most nervous to meet?
King David because I haven’t been very complimentary toward him. I would still like to meet him, but he’d literally want to kill me! Out of the women, Charlotte Corday. Even though I believe she did the right thing, I wouldn’t want to upset her!
- Are you married?
- I didn’t like what you wrote. Can you change it?
I take these requests seriously. Maybe. Maybe not. I try to be classy as well as honest.