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Donna Fisher Author Interview

Queentide follows a woman in a future dystopian Australia who creates a radical feminist group to return women’s right to vote. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The world in Queentide isn’t so different from the one we live in today. Women are underrepresented in positions of power, they’re the victims of more domestic violence, they still face more discrimination at work, and when they try to challenge the status quo, by speaking out or running for office they are beaten back by a system not designed to support them and widespread trolling.

I wondered what it would take to change this, and I decided it would be the army of women Gloria Steinem talked about.

Bodie is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her character’s development?

Bodie’s character is based on some women I’ve met who were part of the feminist moment back in the 1960s. They’re realists – they’ve been fighting for women’s rights for 60 years so they know change is hard! But they are still trying, they still think its possible. It was this fierce optimism I wanted to capture in Bodie’s character.

But ultimately, the biggest driver for Bodie is love. She thinks love will change the world. And it does, but perhaps not in the way she expects!

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

A really important theme for me to explore was the silencing of women, and the myriad of ways that is done – in relationships, on social media, in the news, in politics, in the courts, even sometimes by themselves. Queentide was my way of giving these women’s voices an outlet, and to highlight the inequities that still exist for women.

It was also really important for me to look at the issue of intersectionality, or the lack of it, in the feminist movement. When I imagined a feminist revolution, one that worked, it couldn’t just be lead by straight white feminists-people like me. And being set in Australia, It was important to reflect on the experience of First Nations women and men. Writing Queentide, I did a lot of listening, learning and privilege-checking. That experience has changed how I see the world, my blinkers are definitely off.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The next book is called There She Goes – it’s about a woman rapidly approaching middle age who revisits her youth in a desperate attempt to reroute her future. It will hopefully be on shelves by the end of the year.

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Australia in 2026 is not an easy place to be a woman. Authoritarianism has crept into the country. Women have lost their rights and voices. But Bodie and her militant granddaughter, Insley, are gambling everything to return them. They have set up a radical feminist group, Queentide, to steal the upcoming election and make Aboriginal politician, Kathleen, the next Prime Minister of an all-women Government. The ex-wife of a senior Minister, Lilith, vows to help them by sharing explosive secrets that will guarantee Queentide’s success.But two things might stop them. A state-backed, violent men’s rights group and a bitter power struggle that threatens to tear Queentide apart.Can the women harness the storm and smash the patriarchy? Or will Queentide wreck itself?

QueenTide

Queentide by [Donna Fisher]

QueenTide by Donna Fisher, is an intriguing story about women empowerment and uses fierce yet gentle feminist Bodie Hughes as the face of a feminist movement. She finds herself tackling challenges faced everyday by average women and encourages them to find the strength in their voices. However, she does not tackle all these challenges all by herself, it is a movement.

Fisher writes with passion and is able to intrigue your mind with vivid images of what goes on in each chapter of the book. She adds background knowledge of psychological common patterns in her writing and allows the reader to see and understand the psychology behind each character’s behavior and motives. Fisher manages to play mind-tricks with her writing on the reader by using her metaphors. Just when you think you have everything figured out she hits you with a plot twist.

Personally I am a reader who loves relating to at least one character in the book. Fisher manages to make me relate to more than just one character, it is even hard to have a favorite! She ensures that each character is given their chance to tell their story by including their background stories, when you think one character has it bad she then adds another twist to the story.

At first I was a bit confused with the first chapter of book but then eventually I got into the flow of the book, once the characters’ backgrounds were explained. Fisher manages to bring in every single issue that is considered taboo or an issue that is not widely and openly spoken about, issues that we as women deal with on a daily basis yet are forced to keep quiet and keep on acting like we are living in a world of so-called equality. However, the humor most of the characters show does bring some levity to this story.

The genuine friendship between Brodie and Lilith is definitely complicated at first, since Lilith at the beginning is a scared woman with no voice who is then put in the same environment with a woman who is completely the opposite of her. This created a riveting dynamic that I really enjoyed, and eventually shows that who you surround yourself with is who you eventually become.

QueenTide by Donna Fisher is an engrossing book that will appeal to women and show that they are not alone in this world. I think it would also appeal to anyone looking for an impassioned dystopian-esque political thriller. It has been a long time since I have read a book that I could easily engage and relate too.

Pages: 286 | ASIN: B092SCWR1L

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