Right now, I am under the gun to finish my doctoral dissertation, which is dictating everything that I read. (If I don’t finish by May, I’ve wasted seven years of schooling!) Anyway, my subject is female crime reporters of the 1920s, so the last book I read is The Girls of Murder City: Crime, Lust and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired “Chicago”. It’s about two 1920s killings – and subsequent trials – that inspired reporter Maurine Watkins to write the musical “Chicago.” It’s written in a rat-tat-tat style that’s reminiscent of old gangster movies, so it read almost like a work of fiction. However, I was most interested in the strong female characters – good and bad – who dominate the narrative, since the goal of my dissertation is to prove that as early as the Prohibition Era, a group of overlooked women were reporting hard news on equal terms with men. Interestingly, I also like to write about strong girls in my novels. I guess it’s a bit of a cause with me!Learn more about the author and her work at Beth Fantaskey's website.
My Book, The Movie: Jessica Rules the Dark Side.