I’m inspired by two things – landscapes and characters. This book was inspired by the power of the Antarctic landscape and what it means to people, and by the Norwegian women who travelled there in the 1930s, while women from other parts of the world were refused positions on Antarctic expeditions.
Ingrid Christensen (left) and Mathilde Wegger
on the way to Antarctica in 1931
Thanks Jesse for giving us an insight into the sources of your inspiration. I’m looking forward to reading the copy of Chasing The Light you signed for me at your book launch :)
Aboard a ship setting sail from Cape Town carrying the Norwegian whaling magnate Lars Christensen are three women: Lillemor Rachlew, who tricked her way on to the ship and will stop at nothing to be the first woman to land on Antarctica; Mathilde Wegger, a grieving widow who’s been forced to join the trip by her calculating parents-in-law; and Lars’s wife, Ingrid Christensen, who has longed to travel to Antarctica since she was a girl and has made a daunting bargain with Lars to convince him to take her.
As they head south through icy waters, the race is on for the first woman to land on Antarctica. None of them expect the outcome and none of them know how they will be changed by their arrival.