R204. Unconventional Women, Traditional Setting: Fiction by and about Military Women

Room 218, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Author Tanya Biank describes the armed forces as “a curious mix of traditional men and unconventional women.” Most women who served have chosen to tell their stories in the form of nonfiction narratives, but a few have explored war and military service through fiction. Five women veterans read from their own fiction and that of other women who served from World War I to Vietnam—fiction that challenges binary stereotypes of military women as either “she-roes” or victims of the patriarchy.



Jerri Bell, a retired naval officer and instructor/editor for the Veterans Writing Project, has published short fiction and nonfiction. She and Tracy Crow are the authors of It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan.

M.L. Doyle calls on her service in the Army to pen her award-winning military-based mystery, erotica and coauthored memoirs, all of which feature women who wear combat boots. Her latest release, The Bonding Blade, is the second book in her Desert Goddess urban fantasy series.

Lauren Kay Johnson is a former Air Force officer and Afghanistan veteran. She holds an MFA from Emerson College and has published nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Her forthcoming memoir chronicles her coming of age against the backdrop of war, through her mother’s Army career and her own service.

Tracy Crow, president/CEO of MilSpeak Foundation, is the author/editor of six books that include It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan with coauthor Jerri Bell, and the award-winning memoir Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine.

Ryan Leigh Dostie


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center