Girls Succeed – a book to inspire, entertain and empower girls

helena fairfax, freelance editor, romance novels
Little Sable Point, one of Michigan’s many lighthouses

My first ever novel, The Silk Romance, was published by a small independent publisher, MuseItUp Publishing, in Canada. Through MIU I made some great friends across the pond, including Marsha West, a romantic suspense writer from Texas; Susan Bernhardt, who writes cosy mysteries and lives in Wisconsin; Chuck Bowie, who writes thrillers and lives in New Brunswick; and Janet Glaser (aka JQ Rose) who writes mysteries and flits between Michigan and Florida. Chuck and Janet have even made it over here to Yorkshire and we’ve met in real life, which was brilliant!

JQ Rose is back with news about her non-fiction children’s book, Girls Succeed.

Great to host you again, JQ – even if only virtually!

Girls Succeed, a non-fiction children’s book by JQ Rose

Thanks for hosting me, Helena!

Girls Succeed, a non-fiction book for middle-grade girls, is filled with dreams and passion to inspire, entertain and empower girls. Sixteen remarkable career women in a variety of occupations share their stories within these pages. Explore careers which include women who have discovered cures to stamp out disease, made people laugh, earned Olympic and Paralympic gold medals and crossed the USA in the cab of an 18-wheeler.

In a sense today is the fulfillment of a dream I have pursued since 2006 when I first conceived the idea of a book about careers to inspire girls.

When I worked at a summer camp in West Michigan, I met so many smart, energetic girls who had the passion and potential to be leaders in whatever field they chose to enter. I wanted to encourage them to keep that drive and not give up on their dreams. The women in the book have obstacles to overcome to make their dream jobs come true and mentors who helped them along the path to success. These wonderful role models will inspire girls to dream big.

The book begins with the story shared by Pati Pierucci, horse trainer, teacher, and dressage competitor. It is a wink and a nod to the first novel I wrote in seventh grade about a horse. My grandmother, my mentor, took all those hand-written pages and typed them up for me. When I saw the manuscript in that form, I knew I wanted to be a writer.  Well, it’s taken a few years, but I’m living my dream now.

Author bio

Whether the story is fiction or non-fiction, J.Q. Rose is “focused on story.”  She offers readers chills, giggles and quirky characters woven within the pages of her mystery novels. Her published mysteries are Deadly Undertaking, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard and Dangerous Sanctuary released by Books We Love Publishing.  

Using her storytelling skills, she provides entertainment and information in articles featured in books, magazines, newspapers, and online magazines. With her non-fiction book for girls, Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women, she returned to her first love, writing about real people. J.Q. taught elementary school for several years and never lost the love for teaching passed down from her teacher grandmother and mother. She satisfies that aspect of her character by presenting workshops on Creative Writing and Writing Your Life Story and creating a book for life storytelling, Your Words, Your Life Story, based on her workshops. JQ decided to take the advice she gives to her workshop participants to sit down and write their stories. BWL Publishing released her memoir, Arranging a Dream, in January 2021.

Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. She and her husband spend winters in Florida and summers up north with their two daughters, two sons-in-law,  four grandsons, one granddaughter, two grand dogs, four grand cats, and one great-grand bearded dragon.


Many congratulations on release of Girls Succeed, JQ. I hope it inspires many young people to follow the path to the career of their dreams. Thanks so much for revisiting my blog!

I hope you’ve enjoyed JQ’s post. If you have, please drop in and say hello. We’d love to hear from you!

11 thoughts on “Girls Succeed – a book to inspire, entertain and empower girls

  1. Hi Janet, I started at MuseItUp, too. Girls Suceed! looks like a really thoughtful book and timely as ground gained can be lost. My new serial about young women struggling to earn medical degrees in the nineteenth century will begin in The People’s Friend magazine in the edition dated 21st August. Researching that was eye-opening in many ways. So much opposition, some of it violent and of course the ongoing wearing away at a (female) person’s confidence. Keep writing, Anne stenhouse

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    1. Hi Anne, your new serial sounds really interesting. In my non-fic book Struggle and Suffrage in Halifax I mention a Scottish doctor, Janet Cockcroft, who studied medicine in Edinburgh – still, in the 1920s, one of the few places to accept female medical students. I talk about the difficulties she had as a student and during her time as a GP in Halifax. This struggle is largely forgotten these days. I’m so glad the People’s Friend are publishing your story. I totally agree that ground gained can easily be lost.

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  2. Great post on J.Q.’s Girls Succeed. Best wishes to her on this inspirational book.

    It’s amazing how so many of us from MIU Publishing have kept in contact over the years.

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  3. Hey, Helena. So fun to be a part of this MIU friendship circle and as you say, our friendship has grown despite the distances and the different things we write. Gosh, I remember those first emails on the author loop and being just blown away by them all. Good times. Best wishes to you, JQ, with this most important book. Love you guys. :)

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    1. Thank you, Marsha. Sorry to be so late finding your comment. I value our friendship too. We’ve been through a lot together. Looking for more books from everyone!


  4. Cingratulations again – and, thinking of that Wolf – I remember as a small child a much loved hand me down collection of Catherine Storr’s Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf. Loved these , perhaps wolves wouldn’t agree. (

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    1. Oh, I loved Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf! I haven’t thought of that book for many years! Now I want to look out an old copy. Thanks so much for the reminder, and thanks again for your great comment.


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