We reached out to Greer to get an answer for Whoopi. Here's what she told us:

"When the inspiration for the book hit me, Arden came along with it. I realized I'd seen male magicians cutting women in half everywhere from kids' books to potato chip commercials, but I'd never seen anything about a female magician cutting a man in half. In the golden age of stage magic, what if there had been one? A woman who defied the norms of the time, and became both famous and infamous for it? From there, Arden grew — strong but vulnerable, smart and wary, full of love but slow to trust. Book clubs occasionally ask if I considered writing this book with a male protagonist, but I never did — it was always Arden."

We hope that answers your question, Whoopi!