Meredith Wild, bestselling author of the Hacker series, is our IndieReader Author Spotlight for October. Throughout the month Meredith, who lives in New Hampshire, will be mapping places from her romance novels around the Boston area.
Meredith is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and has run several internet businesses over the years. In fact, it’s her role as a woman in the male-dominated technology industry that inspires her writing. She relishes being able to “tackle the topic of power play in and out of the bedroom between two intelligent and strong-willed characters.” Continuing, she says, “More than anything, I was really focused on writing a female lead who could experience a degree of surrender in a sexual relationship without giving up control over her life.”
Setting plays a big part in defining that power struggle between the two characters, putting them in places that define and break down traditional gender roles. Hear more about the role of place in Meredith’s writing on the Placing Literature podcast with host Tim Knox.
The novel follows Eileen Tumulty, born in 1941 to Irish immigrants in Queens. She longs to belong to the new cosmopolitan world in post-war America, but soon realizes that her new husband doesn’t aspire in the same way. New York, specifically Queens, is front in center in the We are Not Ourselves, and Matthew talks about how he used the city as a character unto itself in the Placing Literature podcast with Tim Knox. He is excited to share the borough where he grew up with people who only know New York through Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Check out a map of We are Not Ourselves at PlacingLiterature.com and follow along with Eileen as she navigates through the American Century. And, if you just happen to be the location scout for Scott Rudin, you’re in luck. Your work has been done for you.