Giving a voice to history

Writing Frozen, meant reaching deep and writing about what haunted me. Though I’d written Riot (Hyperion, 1996), a YA novel about the 1989 wild-cat strike that turned violent in International Falls, and several historic novels set in other countries, I’d never written about a much earlier time in Minnesota. 

Yet I couldn’t let go of the image of the “working girl” found frozen in the snow, her corpse stood up as somebody’s idea of a joke. I needed to know who she was, to give her a voice, and to understand the era in which she lived–during the Suffrage movement, when women were still denied the right to vote. I found my way into the story through a fictionalized daughter, Sadie Rose, who is found near her mother in the snow. Alive, but unable to speak.