“I was a great reader of science fiction as a young person, but I began to wonder why the protagonist in a sci-fi or fantasy story was always a man, even when the writer was female. Where were the stories that presented a woman as the problem solver?
I was encouraged to write a story that was unique and built on my own struggles. I thought a sci-fi story with a girl as the protagonist might be fun. A real heroine cannot call on armies to follow her, or pay assassins for special work. She may have children already, so adventure is out of the question, and family must be secure before she can enter the public square where she has no voice.
So how does a story shape if the young hero must solve problems that girls experience in ways that females address problems? I could find no books that started with this premise, so I had to write some. And that was my first reason to write.”
- See SufferStone and HeartStone — the first books in the Dolvia Saga
- Nuggets from an interview with Stella Atrium in December 2011, anticipating the launch of SufferStone:
“The dichotomy is delicious. Inside the fantasy genre, I try to present women who need to solve real problems like having no voice in community, or no right to work; no access to capital to start a business. No reinforcement for talent.
My intent was to pry open the archetypes of alien women in sci-fi who are, shall we say, sexually available to the story’s hero. You know the types — warrior, witch, street urchin, unavailable princess who sneaks around, armless mermaid. Let’s present a few female characters who drive the story and solve problems using the tools at hand.”
- Also see Girl Heroes for a polemic about point of view in fantasy novels.
- Also explore her travels, especially a trip to Greece
- Also see results in her city garden