Some time ago, on a day when my back was surely sore and tired (and likely getting shorter) I admitted that one reason I write female heroines who kick butt and take names is because those characters can do everything I can’t do anymore. It’s no secret fiction can be cathartic, and really, what good is a writer without a vivid imagination?
But there are more reasons I write dynamic, bigger than life female characters.
In real life women ROCK. Sometimes we forget it when we’re tired or annoyed, but truly, we’ve accomplished great things and in fiction, those tough decisions that have the biggest payoff for the quest (whatever it is) can be explored and celebrated in a bigger than life way.
Hopefully in a way that offers escape or inspiration, or even both.
(Hey, I’ve indulged in that fantasy of being swept away by the gallant knight on the white charger, but for me it’s about being treasured and valued more than rescued from circumstance.)
Women have been integral in the progress we’ve made in the real world. Beyond the obvious childbearing thing, or maybe because of it, since the beginning of time women have consistently stepped up against insurmountable odds to make the world a better place.
Women of all shapes, sizes, and personalities are often unsung champions within their sphere of influence, be it a cottage or a world-stage.
My faith and belief in women as champions is a driving force behind the heroics of my alpha female characters. As they strive for the goal – be it saving humanity from predatory demons (Jaden, Justice Incarnate) or finding Mr. Right who will accept, love and treasure them (Lily, The Matchmaker’s Mark) my female heroines learn to embrace their unique strengths along the way.
At the end of May, Emily Asher-Perrin wrote an excellent post for the Tor blog regarding the need for female heroes in adult fiction and movies. It’s really worth clicking over and reading the whole thing, (click here) especially if you, like me, agree with her theory that we need more stand out ‘female heroes for grown ups’.
Who are your favorite female heroines these days?
Live the adventure!