Letting go and putting the book out in the world. I could have edited this book for the rest of my life, changing one or two words with every round of re-writes and still not felt like it was done or perfect. I finally had to let go of that perfectionism and let the book be what it is. I know some people will love it and some will hate. Some readers will find every flaw in style, grammar and design and others will pass right over them without a second glance. I have to accept that as part of the artistic journey of any project and find some peace with it. Easier said than done.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Emmy Nation: Undercover Suffragette?
Emmy’s wages as a typist are far from sufficient to feed and clothe her properly, so when she’s offered a better-paying job with Scotland Yard she doesn’t hesitate to accept—even though it means spying on the seemingly harmless Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). She soon meets Edith, a wealthy suffragette, who promises to show Emmy the ropes.
When a man from her past takes over the Scotland Yard task force and questions her loyalty, Emmy accepts a risky mission from the WSPU to prove her value to both sides, only to wind up endangering herself and Edith and wondering for what or whom she’s actually fighting.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired to start researching the suffrage movement after reading a play at university called “Her Naked Skin” by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. The play is about the suffragettes in England and while reading it I was shocked and mortified by my lack of knowledge about the suffrage campaign. I had considered myself a well educated feminist, one who knew about the history of the feminist movement. Reading that play showed me just how much I didn’t know or understand. So, I started researching and when I began my Master’s degree I made that research into my thesis project. After graduation I wanted to continue to explore this part of history outside of the academic world. I had always loved creative writing and so the two passions came together to create Emmy Nation.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
During the main writing of Emmy Nation I was writing one to two hours a day. Between projects I try to still write everyday but not for as long.
Name your top five favourite books.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Blindness by Jose Saramago
Marriage as a Trade by Cicely Hamilton
The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamilo
What are you working on now?
I have started putting together the first draft of the sequel, Emmy Nation: Mistress of Disguise. I have also started developing a cozy mystery novel that will be focused on a secret society.
Title: Emmy Nation: Undercover Suffragette
Author: L. Davis Munro
Genre: Historical Fiction
Being an independent woman in 1913 London is certainly empowering, but Emmy Nation is tired of the inescapable damp seeping through her worn shoes and the hopeless grumblings of her stomach.
When she receives an offer from Scotland Yard to boost her typist income by spying on the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), Emmy jumps at the chance. But as she grows closer to the WSPU women the lines begin to blur, and when a painful part of her past resurfaces Emmy begins to question her choices.
How far are you willing to go to secure your equality?
L. Davis Munro holds a master’s degree with a focus on women’s suffrage theatre and works in theatre and dance. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and her dog.