When I scored a signed (!) copy of Aimie K. Runyan’s latest novel GIRLS ON THE LINE it felt like hitting jackpot. Set in World War I, the novel is about the “Hello Girls”, American women sent to work in the field as telephone operators for the US Army Signal Corps.
I have so many life experiences now that I didn’t have when I was 18 or 28 or 38. I’m never going to run out of material and can be choosy in what I decide to write about so that it’s the best, most original, most memorable thing I can make it. And it’s all because of those decades of life experience.
It's impossible to read the title of this book and not smile. Its young heroine, Peasprout Chen, doesn’t let you down. Her voice is as cocky and self-confident as the title, the story as action-packed as the cover design suggests.
My editor has sent a quick note to say she’s finished reading the draft of WS and enjoyed it very much. I'm so relieved. At this point, as long as the feedback doesn’t include words such as “steaming pile of …" I'm happy.