Before I get to the meat of this blog, I have to announce that today is my release day for the third book in my Veil Series, Lifestyles of the Fey and Dangerous. I’m very excited, naturally, but I’m even more nervous. You’d think I’d be over the new book jitters, but this book means a little more to me than the other two.
I always try to write strong, spunky heroines. I adore reading/writing a book about a woman who doesn’t wilt like a fragile flower under pressure. I want her to be strong, yet vulnerable. I want her to be funny and intelligent. I want her to fight for what she believes in. I think that’s what most readers want out of their heroines. The days of the shrinking violets are gone, I believe and good riddance.
When I was writing Lifestyles, all I knew about my heroine was that she was an assassin for the evil faction of the Veil. Not exactly heroine material, but as I got to know her, I realized she was ripe for redemption. Y’all, the things I did to this character! I can’t even fathom where I thought up her past, but the more I wrote, the darker her past became. She’d gone through so much pain and suffering, I had to give her a happy ending.
And that’s when I paired her with her hero. He had to be someone who had a dark past himself, who’d understand the trials and tribulations she’d gone through and admire her for them. Sure, she was supposed to kill him and she was messing up his redemption, but they could get over that.
Writing Noelani’s story made me realize that heroines aren’t necessarily the princesses in the towers waiting for their white knights. Sometimes the heroine is the witch in the dungeon who poisoned the apple because she was forced to. Sometimes she’s an anti-heroine who wants to do right, but can’t until the right catalyst comes along. Sometimes she’s just a woman, not noble or especially kind to everyone, not beautiful enough to make the angels weep. Sometimes she’s just a woman trying to do the right thing.
Do you like anti-heroines or do you like traditional heroines? Nope, that isn’t a trick question 😉
Hmm. Very interesting question about anti-heroines. Not sure. Generally speaking I don’t like (male) anti-heroes … so I guess I wouldn’t care for (female) anti-heroines.
I don’t need my protagonists to be squeaky clean with white hats — in fact they’re much more interesting if they have frailties, secrets, or misspent pasts. But I don’t like the protagonists who bully other people just because they have that power or strength or authority … even if their goals are supposedly noble.
All that said, I like your description: “a woman who doesn’t wilt like a fragile flower under pressure. I want her to be strong, yet vulnerable. I want her to be funny and intelligent. I want her to fight for what she believes in.” Those are the leading ladies I like to write also.
I think your heroines and my heroines could get along together … provided they were in the same universe (or dimension … or warp).
LOL, I think my heroines would get along with most other heroines as long as they weren’t “fragile flowers”. I agree about bullies; there’s a fine line between being strong and being a bully and I hope I don’t cross it!
Danica, I like this post. I like the anti-heroine and the traditional too. Transition, redemption, persistence, strength and the hard choices make them admirable.
Thanks, Llewelyn. I agree that a good heroine is one who has troubles to overcome. Thanks for commenting!
Llew makes it sound better ..
Nice post and the book sounds good. Hope you have many sales!! I think the heroine you describe is a hard sell. I say that because I have one and I’ve had two editors that loved her but she didn’t fit what they were looking to acquire and I have 2 agents that hated her. These are the heroines that people either “get” or they don’t.
Nice, thought provoking post!! HAPPY R. DAY!
You’re right, either people love it, or they’ll absolutely hate it. I’m hoping for the former, lol
Very cool!! I’m doing the happy dance with Jeff in the big KY!!
Awesome, Tonya. That must mean we agree on this topic.
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