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The Cranky Ladies of History Blog Hop


Cranky Ladies of History

Blog Tour



Late in 2013, Australian writer and editor Liz Barr blogged about Tsaritsa Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia, dubbing her one of history’s great “cranky ladies”. Being the editor I am, I immediately thought of several fantastic writers I would love to see write short stories about history’s cranky ladies, those women who bucked the trends of their time and took on cultural norms to challenge society’s rules and ideas about how women should behave. Within just a few days, I had the project idea fully formed, had brought historian, editor and multi award-winning writer Tansy Rayner Roberts on board as co-editor, and we had begun the process of soliciting authors to submit. The speed at which projects can come into being is perhaps one of the biggest advantages a boutique press like FableCroft Publishing has, and we use it well!

fab weeks, the feedback and response from readers and writers everywhere proved so positive that Tansy and I started looking at ways we could take the project to the full heights it deserves, and we conceived the idea of crowdfunding for the anthology, in order to be able to pay our authors, artists and designer the pro-rates they really deserve.

We have been so fortunate to have an astonishing selection of authors express interest in writing for us, from all over the world.


Isn’t that just an awesome group of people?! We are so delighted to have multi-award winning author Jane Yolen confirmed for the anthology, and stories already in hand from some authors. While we have established and award-winning novelists and short story writers keen to be part of the book, we are also dedicated to supporting emerging writers, and are very excited to see what all our writers bring to the Cranky Ladies table (of contents).

Which Cranky Ladies might they be?


Part of the brief for writers was that we were aiming for a diverse range of cultures, historical periods and reasons for historical notoriety, and we think we’re doing okay on that front – it was great fun reading the story pitches for the anthology and discovering wonderful women from history we wanted to know more about!

If you would like to support the the Cranky Ladies of History Pozible campaign, you can do so here – thank you!

Tour Stops

Cranky Ladies of History: the crowd-funding campaign

Tansy: Prelude to a crowd-funding

FableCroft: Kicking off the Tour – the Night Witches

Tansy: Cranky Ladies of History are GO

The History Girls: Cranky Ladies of History

Faith Mudge: Let’s Have A Rousing Discussion About Truth, Dragons and Historically Authentic Sexism

Sue Bursztynski: Margaret Bulkley, Dr Barry

Lee Battersby: Charlotte Corday

Joyce Chng: Leizu

Laura Lam: The Lioness of Brittany, Jeanne de Clisson

Lyn Battersby: Watch out! A cranky lady resides here

Ann Martin via FableCroft: Lottie Lyell (Australian film frontier-woman!)

Tansy Rayner Roberts via Champagne and Socks: History, fiction and cranky ladies

Tansy Rayner Roberts: Cranky Ladies, Horrible Histories & Mary Seacole

Joan Lennon via History Girls: Mary Anning in my mind

Dianne Touchell: Let’s talk about sex baby (Josephine Butler)

Kaia Landelius: Queen Margareta of Sweden

Benjamin T Smith: Joan of Arc

Narrelle M Harris: Euphemia Allen and “Chopsticks”

Tansy Rayner Roberts via SF Signal: Let’s talk about Cranky Ladies

Sylvia Kelso: Lilian Cooper, MD, FRACS: Writing a Cranky Lady in History, One

Elanor Matton-Johnson: Lady Jane Grey

Alex Pierce: The Pankhurst Women

Bess Lyre via FableCroft: Khadija

Juliet Marillier via FableCroft: Hildegard of Bingen

Liz Barr: Janet Kincaid

Kaia Landelius: Queen Kristina of Sweden

ABC News Online: Cranky Ladies article!

Gillian Polack via FableCroft: Helen Leonard

Narrelle M Harris: Lola Montez and the arts of beauty

Pamela Freeman: Lores Bonney

Tehani Wessely: Australian Children’s Authors of History

Mary-Louise Jensen via The History Girls: Aphra Behn

Katherine Roberts via The History Girls: Time and Boudica’s Daughters

Elizabeth Fremantle via The History Girls: Katherine Parr – Character, Courage and Commitment

Nicky Strickland: Boudicca

Alex Pierce & Tehani Wessely: Galactic Chat

Penny Dolan: The Book of Bossy Girls

Theresa Breslin via The History Girls: Cranky Old Lady

Celia Rees via The History Girls: Fight for the Right – Emily Davison and the Internet

NM Harris: Julie d’Aubigny aka La Maupin

Tansy Rayner Roberts via The History Girls: Sulpicia

LM Myles: 10 great military leaders, probably cranky ones

Tehani via Stephanie Burgis: Henry Handel Richardson

Bess Lyre via FableCroft: Tarenorerer

SF Signal included us in their crowdfunding roundup!

Kaaron Warren via Gillian Polack: Dr Emma Constance Stone

Aidan Doyle: Sei Shonagan

Jason Nahrung via Gillian Polack: Emilie Louise Flöge

Alex Isle via Gillian Polack: Mary Read (and Anne Bonney)

Jason Franks via Gillian Polack: Celia Franca

RJ Barker via Gillian Polack: Margaret of Anjou

Carrie Vaughn via Gillian Polack: Lilia Litviak and Ekaterina Budanova

Elizabeth Chadwick via The History Girls: Empress Matilda, having the right to be cranky

Marianne de Pierres via FableCroft: Jean d’Orléans

Becky Ferreira via Motherboard: Émilie du Châtelet (how cool is it how many cranky ladies posts out there, even when they aren’t written just for us?!)

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    1. I thought so too. I submitted a proposal to this but didn’t make it. But I thank the Cranky ladies because it gave me an idea for a short to go along with my musketeers. Thanks for stopping by, Susan.

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Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas.
Her short stories Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies won the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice in 2013 and 2014. Dante’s Gift, a holiday novella received the 2016 Golden Quill award and was a 2016 Maggie finalist.
Her upcoming series “A Vintage Romance” was inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII. Wynne’s medieval fantasy series “Medieval Encounters” will launch in 2017 with Rolf’s Quest.

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