For a long time I’ve wanted to visit Saint Mildred’s Lightbourn School. Sometimes in co-ed schools I feel like I’ve let the boys down because I’ve written female protagonist stories. Teachers have said to me “Girls read anything, but boys won’t read anything with a girl main character.” I don’t believe every piece of fiction should be tailored to try to get boys to read. That kind of marginalizes girls. Allow male readers the pleasure of nonfiction if they don’t enjoy following a narrative. Invite male authors in one year, and female the next to get a balance.
In any case, finally yesterday I had the opportunity to visit. It was a wonderful afternoon with some two hundred young readers and potential writers. The girls asked some great questions, too. I hope to visit them again.