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I am the writer of The Steel Lady, an alternate history young adult novel. I owe its creation to three important people. The first is my husband. Through his love of history and engineering, he introduced me to the other two; Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, and Charles Babbage, the inventor of the Analytical Engine. They and their children became my characters, and their stories became a starting place for my story. The Analytical Engine, the mechanical computer that never was, became The Steel Lady.
The first computer as it might have been.
Annabella smiled sadly. "He can't change the world, Mr. Brunel."
About the Author
When I was thirteen, my grandma thought it was shocking that I had not yet read Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. At around the same time, my English teacher gave me Jane Eyre. Through my young adulthood, at the encouragement of my dad, my grandma, and my teachers, Victorian books helped to shape what I loved to read.
I have for the past five years been a Grade 6 and 7 teacher. About once a month, one of the twelve-year-olds that I teach will turn to me and ask, “Do you like your job?” The implication, always, is that if I do, there’s something very wrong with me. And I always answer, with honesty, that I do. From teaching science to performing entire Shakespeare plays with them, my class continue to give me energy and inspiration.
It is for them that I write.
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