Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Barbara Mertz, 1927-2013
She was a prolific author, writing over 60 books, also known by the pen names of Barbara Michaels and Elizabeth Peters. I've read nearly all of her books, by all three names, and love them.
Discovering Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody reignited my love for Egyptian history, leading to the discovery of factual books on Egyptology by Barbara Mertz. And this all followed upon my early discovery and love for Barbara Michaels' Gothic romantic fiction.
I always enjoyed the way she wrote with panache, tackling the thorny issues of sexism, sexual appeal, intrigue, and a woman's place in the world. Since she wrote from the 70's on, there was a definite development in her characters, but always, there were strong, self-determining women involved. Inspirationally funny, opinionated, bossy, clever, knowing women, who manage to do what they wish, and still have time to worry about falling in love.
I will miss the anticipation of a new book by either Michaels or Peters, and I will miss hearing about the style with which she lived her life.
I hope that Ma'at is happy to see her at long last.