“Descendants of Hagar,” is historical fiction
beginning in 1914 Zion, Georgia, during the Black
Codes, when Negroes were lynched for one wrong
glance. A time when marriage was an agreement
between men: a woman’s father and the man he
chose for her. Most women had no romantic interest
in their future husbands. In the worst case, they were
promised to complete strangers.
Madelyn “Linny” Remington is the great-great
granddaughter of strong-spirited, ex-slave, Miemay,
who oversees her rearing. While other women are
raised to be broken, Linny is reared to build and
repair. When other women are expected to be seen
and not heard, Linny is expected to vote beside men.
As other women pray they are chosen for marriage
before they are too old, Linny learns to maintain her
own rifles and hunt. While women hope to honor their
husbands by bearing them sons, Linny wonders how
a single woman can provide for herself, when only
male children can expect an inheritance.
A secret has Linny slated as her father’s favorite
“son.” That is, until Linny makes a promise that frees
her from a conventional woman’s role. Unfortunately,
the promise also brings shame on her family. Will
Linny, threatened with alienation, honor her promise?
Or bow to her father’s will and go back on her word?
Nik Nicholson is an artist: writer, painter, poet and performer. Her highly anticipated debut novel
“Descendants of Hagar” was released in July 2013. It is the first of a two-part series, which also includes
“Daughter of Zion” scheduled to be released September 2014, about a woman coming to terms with her
Why should people read this book?
"My book is unique because of its creative process. I surveyed a variety of masculine women about their
experiences and thoughts on gender expression and gender roles. Then I used that research as the
foundation for Linny, my main character. I didn’t want Linny to be a combination of all my assumptions
about masculine women. I don’t know of any other book where such a process was used. It's an important
novel that should be read because it explores all the complexities and contradictions of being a masculine-
"I interviewed more than sixty women who I presumed were lesbians because I’d posted requests for
interviews on lesbian sites, but surprisingly the majority were bisexual. This was a constant reminder that
gender expression does not denote sexuality.
"Additionally, the abundance of bisexual respondents highlighted the anti-bisexual bias in the lesbian
community and the need for open communication. One follow-up question I’d constantly ask bisexual,
masculine women was, “How did the lesbians you were dating receive this information?” Almost all of them
said they were never asked because of their gender presentation. Furthermore, they didn’t volunteer this
information because they are afraid of discrimination, or that it would undermine their gender role. A few of
them even said they actually asked the women they were dating if they dated men, because though they
themselves dated men, they were not interested in dating other bisexual women. Even in these instances,
the feminine women they were dating never took that as an opportunity to pose the question back, if the
masculine woman was dating men.
"Of the lesbian-identified, masculine women, who were in the minority of those surveyed, some discussed
dating men before coming out. They were competitive with males and jealous of the support males were
given, while they were discouraged regarding certain interests and behaviors. Some women said they had
straight relationships because they confused admiration with attraction. Noting, they believed the men they
dated also confused admiration with affection. These men often commented on them being stronger, lower
maintenance (more in touch with themselves, naturally beautiful) or just more relatable than other women.
Ultimately, setting the stage for their first romantic relationship.
"These are some of the life experiences that were considered when writing “Descendants of Hagar.” It
gives another perspective to the evolution of becoming a masculine woman."
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Hagar,” is sold in paperback, hardback and e-book. For cohesion, it is suggested that book clubs, classes
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