A new series running for the next few weeks
where my guests are female writers
talking about their female characters
(and yes, I'll be doing the chaps next!)
Today: Amy Maroney
Miramonde de Oto
Miramonde de Oto was a woman of many skills. Raised in a convent in the medieval Pyrenees, she learned healing remedies from the “mountain folk” and worked in the convent’s infirmary. In her childhood, Mira used bits of charcoal to draw on the marble step of an old well. Eventually she was tasked with copying and illuminating manuscripts in the convent’s library. In time she graduated to painting portraits, thanks to an exceptional art teacher. It wasn’t until catastrophe struck the convent that Mira would go on to use her talents in the wider world—and unlike most women artists of her time, she even got paid for it.
Elena de Arazas was a midwife and healer who lived a nomadic life in the medieval Pyrenees. Wounded by a childhood tragedy, she grew up to be a fiercely independent, outspoken, and courageous woman. An unerring sense of justice and deep loyalty to the few she trusted drove her to take enormous risks time and again—especially for Miramonde de Oto.
Amy Maroney lives in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. with her family, and spent many years as a writer and editor of nonfiction before turning her hand to historical fiction. She's currently writing a new series set in the medieval Mediterranean. When she's not diving down research rabbit holes, she enjoys hiking, drawing, dancing, and reading.
Get a free prequel novella about Elena de Arazas and find Amy’s blog here: https://www.amymaroney.com/.
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