ROBYNE STEVENSON, AUTHOR
As a writer, I want my readers to have access to personal transformation through my characters and through the situations I create. Writing is my opportunity to demonstrate pathways for characters and readers to find their way. Stories transport and transform. Please explore my writing portfolio.
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes." Proust
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SOCIALITES & SUFFRAGISTS - A 3 BOOK SERIES OF HISTORICAL FICTION
First Book Launch - March 23, 2021
The right for women to vote did not come easily. Ruth Reid was a trailblazer who took a risk to live life on her terms. The 19th Amendment put into motion a host of changes for women and their families and the Reids were no exception. Love, family, and politics span the generations of these women who matter.
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NO TIME FOR REGRETS - A NOVEL
A romantic tale of a woman coming of age as a suffragist in the cradle of democracy.
Ruth Reid embarks on a quest to matter in the world of 1917. She longs for status and privilege to take her out of her working-class family and into the world of socialites on Philadelphia’s Main Line. She’s determined to work in an office and marry a professional man of means. The suffragist movement is a pivotal detour on her journey. The suffragists are saying what she believes - women deserve to be heard and the right to vote is a powerful voice. Can she be a modern suffragist while chasing her dream of being a woman of status? She is not deterred by failed loves, and when a chance meeting puts Alex in her midst, she is sure he is the one. Their love affair is everything a woman would want. He adores her spirit and she fulfills her dream of living on the Main Line. But his prominent political trajectory cannot include Ruth on his arm. Their clandestine love requires Ruth to trade public happiness for private ecstasy. Everything comes to a head as the 19th Amendment is ratified and women finally have the right to vote. She makes the hardest decisions of her young life when she discovers it is her own voice that is the most powerful of all.
FOLLOW HER HEART
Ruth moves on with her life in a quest for meaning and fulfillment. New opportunities and new loves are framed by roadblocks and challenges that may derail her happiness. Ruth seeks her place in the world while raising her family and being true to herself.
CARRY ON HER DREAMS
The next generations of Reid women are faced with new challenges and finding love. Looking back on Ruth's navigation of her life gives granddaughter Kate a roadmap to face the dawn of the 1960s and the ultimate liberation of women and civil rights. The question is whether her mother can accept her daughter's dreams.
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My Professional Journey
TRAVEL FEEDS MY SOUL
I write about my nomadic travels in my 25 foot Flying Cloud Airstream. I've been living and traveling on the road for three years. I love staying at Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds and even camp hosted at one.
Everywhere I go is actually a "coming to." I don’t know what I’ll find. I don’t know who I’ll meet - maybe no one I’ll remember. I don’t know what I will experience - but I always remember. The way I feel about a place is what I remember. I experience a place in a way that maybe others don’t. I smell, I touch, but most of all I feel. The fireflies in Wisconsin make me feel mystical. The rain in Seattle makes me feel contemplative. The bright sunshine in the midwest makes me nostalgic. The waves on the beach make me feel fearless. The bayous of the south make me afraid. The mountains make me feel insignificant in scale but a part of the earth in being there. These feelings are why I come.
You can find links to all my travel writings, interviews, and other writing at my blog site.
Medium.com is a place where anyone can write, but not everyone is read. It is an interesting experiment of a curated commons approach to the tradition of the public square. I write about my nomadic life and sometimes throw in a piece about politics. I did several pieces on a tour of civil rights sites in the south traveling in my Airstream. I also wrote about living on the road in the pandemic. Here is a direct link to my Medium page.