The Hardy Women’s Society Annual Meeting: The Novel
In 1898, three inquisitive students at the Tremlett College for Women on Antheia Island near Maine discover a body dashed against the forbidden cliffs. Sherlock Holmes-obsessed Ada Gentry Adair leads her two best friends into the untamed depths of the island to uncover the truth behind a string of mysterious deaths and disappearances.
This is the story of the founding of the Hardy Women’s Society. We are currently seeking an agent to represent the novel. Please email us for book-related inquiries.
Kerry Eilleen and Amanda Kooser are a mother-and-daughter team who has co-authored “The Hardy Women’s Society Annual Meeting,” the first in a series of mystery novels that explores mythology, botany, legends, adventure, and the growing movement for women’s independence at the turn of the 20th century.
Amanda C. Kooser is a professional writer specializing in technology and travel journalism. She is a contributor to CNET’s Crave blog and a musician with the bands Edith Grove & Bottle Tree and So Dark a Train.
Amanda has traveled transatlantic the old-fashioned way–by train and ocean liner. When not writing, she can be found hiking in the mountains of New Mexico, tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto, and practicing Aikido.
She first joined the Hardy Women’s Society at the age of 16 and is now a member of the New Mexico Chapter.
Kerry Eilleen is a printmaker and gardener. Her recent master’s thesis looked at California freeway design and its intersection with art, culture, and society. She is a member of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico.
Kerry’s extensive experience with gardening, landscape design, art history, and historic preservation all contributed to the development of the novel. She particularly enjoyed her time studying primary source material from Tremlett College. She is creating a series of illustrations to accompany the book.
Kerry introduced both of her daughters to the Hardy Women’s Society. Her son is a member of the HWS Men’s Auxiliary.
Nicole Calhoun is the second daughter working on “The Hardy Women’s Society Annual Meeting” project. She is a cellist and teacher with Glenview Music Makers in the Bay Area.
Nicole studies botany, gardening, and ecology, and dabbles in culinary arts. She is a member of the Amber Blossom String Duet and So Dark a Train, along with her sister Amanda.
Nicole is currently working on editorial and marketing efforts for “The Hardy Women’s Society Annual Meeting.” She is also assisting with the second book in the HWS series.