Women at Work
We don’t always think about the history of jobs—who invented a particular profession, who filled most of the available positions in a particular industry, and so forth. But take a moment and think about the jobs you associate with men versus women. Do any come to mind?
Maybe for men, you thought about construction workers, sports figures, computer geeks. For women’s jobs, perhaps you considered teachers, nurses, or seamstresses. Maybe you came up with a different list… I’m just throwing out some examples. Of course, the first computer programmer was a woman, teaching used to be a male-dominated field, and before the rise of ready-to-wear, many more men knew how to design and sew than what we see today. But the point is that, today, here and now, there are some professions out there that we tend to associate with one particular gender over another, and it is often worth remarking upon when someone crosses that invisible gender divide.
My new release, Crossing the Line, is the third book in a series where women do “man’s work.” The first book features a female race car driver, the second a female mechanic. And in Crossing the Line, the heroine, Cori, is a sports journalist—a field dominated by men everywhere one turns. In the office or in the field, men often hold the power, which adds an extra challenge for female sports journalists. And like many women in male-dominated fields, Cori finds herself in uncomfortable situations, having to fight her way to the top with tactics she doesn’t really want to employ. With few other women in journalism or in the sport she’s covering—stock car racing—it’s hard to find an ally. But when she meets Ty Riggs, one of the top drivers in the sport, he becomes her biggest supporter. Too bad she’s using him to get ahead.
Crossing the Line is the last book in the Hard Driving series and I had so much fun with it. Throughout writing the series, I really had fun the themes of women in men’s professions, family relationships, and forgiveness. Writing often provides authors with a way to work out our own thoughts and philosophies on certain topics, and to have fun in a world that we otherwise would never have a chance to inhabit. I mean… as much as I’d love to be a race car driver, I have enough trouble remembering to use my blinker when changing lanes!
Interestingly, another thing I like about writing? Authoring novels is another thing that has been traditionally a man’s accomplishment. Regardless of the job, challenging the status quo isn’t always easy, but nothing stops the power of women at work.
About Audra North:
Audra North is a contemporary romance author of more than twenty romances, including the Stanton Family series from Entangled Publishing, the Hard Driving series from St. Martin’s Press, and the Pushing the Boundaries series from Samhain Publishing. She is the owner and publisher of Pink Kayak Press, which focuses on the publication of diverse romance works. Winter Rain, a Pink Kayak Press anthology, won a gold medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards.
Audra enjoys speaking to writing groups and at industry conferences. She is also an avid jogger and loves running marathons. She has three children and lives with her family outside of Boston.
Title: Crossing the Line
Series: Hard Driving #3
Author: Audra North
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Length: 52k words
Digital ISBN: 978-1-4668-8904-0
He wanted her the first time he saw her. It didn’t matter that he was on stage in front of a room full of reporters, or that his publicist was telling him to move on, or that she was asking him a question about racing. One look at her “just been bedded” hair — completely at odds with her deliciously prim appearance — and Ty Riggs is hooked.
Corrine Bellows is one of the woefully few women in a male profession: sports reporting. In a field where “Hey, sweetheart, can you fetch me a cup of copy” is part of her job description, she’s determined to keep things professional. And while interviewing Ty Riggs, the hottest new driver on and off the track, is a major scoop, Corrine knows that she is in major trouble when it becomes clear that Ty wants so much more and is determined to get it. As things heat up between them, Corrine finds herself on shakier ground. Her big secret just may destroy everything.