|Scottish American author Helen MacInnes|
Exciting news! British female authors are making in-roads in the male-dominated field of spy fiction. They’re publishing first-rate novels across the pond that are winning awards and making best-seller lists. In fact, as Guardian writer Alison Flood announces in Nobody in Tesco buys spy books by women, the Brit “boys’ club is having its cover blown.”
How bad has it been? “Wikipedia lists 127 notable writers of spy fiction, dead and living, and only seven of them are women,” Flood explains. “Helen MacInnes, the Scottish-born American author of 21 spy novels that have sold more than 25m copies in the US alone, will make it on to some lists, if she’s lucky. So will U.S. writer Gayle Lynds;
both receive the soubriquet of
the ‘queen of spy fiction’.”
|American author Gayle Lynds|
“Back in 1995, though, Lynds sent her debut spy thriller Masquerade to a New York publishing house. Its president, she told the Wall Street Journal, at first agreed to buy it, but changed her mind the following day.
‘Her reason? “No woman could have written this novel’.” She went to another publisher, and it became a bestseller.”…
Click on their names. Legunt verum: You’ll enjoy their books!
Do you have favorite female spy novelists? If it’s not classified, please tell….