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THE VOICE THAT WON THE VOTE: How One Woman’s Words Changed History
March 22nd, 2020 by Liza Wiemer

An Interview With Author, Elisa Boxer

Published March 15, 2020 by Sleeping Bear Press

Quote from Booklist review: 
“Boxer’s writing makes this moment in history come alive”

Buying links and social media: Website | For signed copies: The Print Bookstore | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Have a peek inside. Illustrations by Vivien Mildenberger

Interview:

Questions: Is there any behind-the-scenes information you can share with us about this book?

Answer: I think the most important behind-the-scenes information has to do with the message that I decided very early on that I wanted children to take away from the book. That message is that their voices matter. I grew up feeling pretty powerless, and have naturally been drawn to stories of unsung heroes like Febb Burn, the mother who saved suffrage with a single letter she wrote to her son. She wasn’t anyone famous before she expressed herself, and yet her words changed the course of history. So I want her story to inspire children to know how significant they are; how powerful they are; and how much each of their voices matter.

Question: What was the most challenging or rewarding part about writing this picture book?

Answer: If you had asked me a week ago about the most challenging part, I would likely have given you a different answer. Because now, the most challenging part is releasing during a global pandemic! So thank you for helping us boost our books with these interviews! As for the most rewarding part, gosh, there have been so many. I’d have to say all of the firsts: First book contract, first call with my editor, first peek at Vivien Mildenberger’s illustrations, first time I opened a box with my books inside, first time I held The Voice That Won the Vote in my hands, first time I signed one of my own books, and the first time my son read my dedication to him.

Bonus round: What do you prefer?

Folding laundry or doing dishes? Laundry. It’s one of my favorite procrastination chores, since I still feel productive 🙂

Elisa Boxer

Fries, potoato chips or onion rings? Fries! With tons of sea salt.

Books: memoir, fiction, fantasy, romance, sci-fi, women’s lit, Historical fiction – middle grade and young adult

Music or movie: Big Star Wars fan. And anything from the 80s with Molly Ringwald.

Winter, spring, summer or fall? Spring! Fall is a close second.

Elisa signing copies of her book!


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