As for the [quotes Imogene spouts], well, I do know a few people from our past pretty well – Eleanor Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin. I tend to quote them a lot myself, so it was just a natural extension to drop their words into Imogene’s mouth. Some of the others – like William Morris and Davy Crocket – took some pondering and thinking. The quotes had to match Imogene’s feelings so it wasn’t always easy. Still, the search was lots of fun.
I wish I could say I came up with the idea of a brown-skinned female president of the United States. While the text did indicate that the president was a woman, it was the incredible Nancy Carpenter who made her a person of color. Brilliant, right?