Leslie Nyman

About me

The Sound of Her Own Voice is the adventurous tale of a young Jewish woman who travels to the California Gold Rush. My interests include imagining, discovering and writing about the experiences of women who lived in more conservative, confined times. Women with spirit and intelligence participated in every adventure in history. I enjoy celebrating them.

From my website

Lady Mary Wortley Montague and the Turkish baths

I am reading a biography of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu by Isobel Grundy. It is the most detailed and academic biography I’ve ever read, filled with footnotes and references.  These are gifts to me as I work to bring into focus what it was like for a woman to travel…

The Road to Writing

I keep trying to pull my thoughts together for this blog post.  I’m surrounded by research and, yet, not a cogent thought emerges that leads to either fiction or report. It seems the process of incorporating my eclectic reading, juggling the unfamiliar aspects of the late 17th and early 18th…

The importance of research

I’ve spent most of this week sitting at my desk scribbling ideas about the who, what, when for a piece of fiction lurking in my brain. But, I can’t decide if it is linked stories or a full novel.  I think it takes place in Afghanistan, but maybe Iran, or…

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