Here’s to the 1940’s and the amazing generation of women who inspired the Maggie Sullivan mystery series. They were first-wave career women brimming with brains and spunk. Daring to step outside traditional roles assigned to them, they left farms and small towns to live on their own and pursue education. And when World War II hit, they stepped up — not only in Rosie the Riveter factory jobs, but as newspaper editors, baggage handlers, bus drivers.

No wonder black and white movies from the 1940s continue to attract new fans! They have witty dialog instead of laugh tracks and a tantalizing war between the sexes. The cars are almost as great as the clothes. And the women? Something in them speaks to women today… and to more than a few men.

To me, many traits of those 1940s women are found in the best of the women detectives, past and present. Since I’ve spent my entire life as a writer (signing my first contract before I entered college) and have taught numerous week-long and weekend courses on the subject, I also love to talk about writing. So there you have the three legs of this blog.

Thanks for visiting.

(M. Ruth Myers is the author of the Maggie Sullivan series, which features a woman private eye in Dayton, Ohio, from the end of the Great Depression to the end of World War II.  She has written more than a dozen novels in several genres and been a popular instructor at writers conferences including the Antioch Writers Workshop, the Cape Cod Writers Workshop and the Mark Twain Writers Conference.)

Homepage photo credits: Bus driver (L) flickr.com Wystan; teachers (M) the author; railroad “wiper” (R) Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

  1. Ruth Jean Loftus

    Hello, Ruth,

    I’m also a writer. I want to thank you for your free book, “Don’t Dare a Dame” that I got through BookBub.com. Just want to let you know I really enjoyed this novel. It was something different, not the usual standard fare. I haven’t any knowledge about sailing and very little about smuggling. You did a good job of your character development. Nice that the romantic conflict was sweetly settled and justice was served to the greedy uncle in the end. I think you did a great job of plotting.

    Ruth Jean Clemens Loftus


    • Thank you so much for writing! There was an error at some of the outlets, and you actually received a copy of my novel The Whiskey Tide instead of the one you should have received. However the one you got is one of my favorites, so I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      If you’d like to sample the REAL Maggie Sullivan series, I’ve made a free short story “The Barefoot Stiff” available for any and all reading devices from now through May 18. Go to http://www.smashwords.com enter the title, and prior to checkout enter coupon code TA75C .


  2. Hi Ruth,

    Bookshelf Q. Battler here, a fellow word presser.

    Can I interview you? When I noticed you had a book featuring the word “Dame” in the title I figured you’d be a good match for this.

    More info:



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