Women’s Rights

I’m so glad I wrote The Smile some time before reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, because I arrived at the name of my protagonist quite possibly via a similar line of reasoning to hers. Admittedly, this is not a unique idea, nor is it a huge stretch of the imagination from Mrs. Smith etc. My character, named at birth by her mother as Faehan, had her name changed by the misogynistic society of her home fort (village) to Abrins Wife when she was married to Abrin at the age of thirteen. Atwood’s protagonist, Offred, is required, in her misogynistic society, to conceive a baby for a powerful, infertile, couple. It was a while before I ‘got’ the name Offred – Of Fred.