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I have a new hero! Her name is Erin Blakemore. She’s a writer, entrepreneur, and self-proclaimed nerd from Cali, who resides currently in Boulder, CO.

In October 2010, HarperCollins published her first book titled The Heroine’s Bookshelf – a compilation of advice for the modern day woman via the works of female literary greats. Personally, I’ve always been an avid fan of Austen, Mitchell, and their stubborn, sassy heroines. Go ahead and scoff if you must, but Austen was daring and brilliant in her writing. She made a farce out of stale, societal traditions.

Blakemore takes her tongue n’ cheek masterful way of writing and intertwines a 21-century audience with the spirit and vivacity of these literary leading ladies.

Why has Blakemore so quickly and easily won my admiration? Well, I was assigned to write an article about her and The Heroine’s Bookshelf. From sampling her blog, which is saturated with satirical commentary and a juxtaposition of her rebellious and nerdy persona, I can tell that her priorities are honest and admirable; be yourself, don’t apologize for that, and don’t be afraid to poke fun at life every now and then. Sometimes, my snarky-ness gets me in trouble, I wonder if Blakemore has a similar experience (if she does then I like her that much more).

I can’t wait to purchase her book! I feel like the two of us would get along rather well if our paths ever crossed.

Written by Stephanie Wolf

Stephanie Wolf

An Atlanta native, Stephanie Wolf has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado). She has a BA in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. Her writing has been published in national and regional media outlets, including Dance Informa, Indianapolis Star, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Currently, Stephanie lives in Denver, where she is a public radio producer and reporter. She loves bluegrass, cooking, Netflix, and owls.