Terri Majors signs her biographical novel, Hitch Your Wagon to a Star.
Upon retirement, I decided to embark on a journey to uncover the realities that made my mother who she was. My mother is not famous, at least not in the usual sense. Instead, she made inroads for other women, including her three daughters, which resonate to this day as trailblazers. The history surrounding her life is filled with incredible victories on a global scale as well as simply personally. Women were not appreciated as intelligent, able-bodied and purposeful beings except (sometimes!) in the privacy of their homes. Mother knew life for women had to change, and she internalized proclamations from early feminists such as Margaret Sanger who said, "Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression."
My book, Hitch Your Wagon to a Star, chronicles a woman's life from the poverty of the 1920's through the years of the Oil Boom, the Great Depression, and an amazing emergence from those years based on the economy's reaction to World War II. It continues into the Post War years of the "Red Scare" and the Baby Boom and culminates with a personal change that engenders a new focus and a second chance at life. Names were not changed and are real. The heart of my book is the truth that possibilities exist and can become realities for those who are sufficiently determined and is based on conquering difficulties in the face of a daunting list of stumbling blocks.