Winnie is no ordinary 19th century girl. She unconventional, plucky, and smart—in fact, she’s a girl-genius on a mission. Winnie plans to be an engineer, despite the fact that engineering is only for men in the nineteenth century.
Her Majesty’s Secret League of Remarkable Young Ladies
It’s five years after I first dreamed up my girl genius, and Winnie and I are not finished, not by a long shot. She’s hung around the attic in my mind, tap dancing on the floorboards and bugging me when I’ve been trying to do other things.
Nah, to be fair, this is a story I have wanted to write sooo bad, but other projects have taken priority. 2021 is THE year. I submitted an old version to the Historical Novel Society of Australasia Elizabeth Jane Corbett Mentorship Prize—and I won! Holy Victoriana, Batman!
It’s a sign from the Universe that Winnie needs to have her day in the sun. I’ve made her older so she has more agency, and I’ve settled on 1889 instead of 1899 as the backdrop. AND, Houston, we have a new title: The Remarkables. (It was Winifred Weatherby Saves the Century.)
I am having so much fun rewriting this. I can’t wait to send it to my mentor, Dr Wendy Dunn for her input. And I can’t wait to send it out into the world. When it’s ready! Not a day before!
Watch this space for more news about the incorrigible Winifred Weatherby as she saves Queen Victoria from would-be plotters and seeks to find her missing father, clear his maligned name, and show the world that girls CAN be inventors.