I have been working on Invisible Woman since the idea nearly bowled me over when I was out for a run one day in sunny Sherman Oaks, California in the fall of 2000. Although I knew my life had changed forever in that moment, I resisted the initial idea as too radical for about nine months. In June of 2001 I finally gave in and quickly filled a notebook as I began writing Cat’s story. I chose Afghanistan as the first place for her to go because I wanted to put her in the most dangerous place on the planet for women, my metric was maternal mortality and, at the time, Afghanistan had the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. I couldn’t find much about what life was like for women in Afghanistan at the time but three months later, on September 11, 2001, everything changed. The world’s focus turned once again to this small, impoverished yet beautiful country that has somehow drawn me in and captured my heart with the bravery of its people and especially its women.
I’ve been involved in the book/writing world in one way or another for most of my working life. I also occasionally (a little too occasionally lately!) write in my World at 100 blog where I explore where we are and where we are going as a human race. I’ve recently relocated to a small town on the New England coast where I lived briefly about 25 years ago. It’s a big change from my life in Los Angeles but I love being near the ocean and in the cooler weather again.
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