You know how all job interviews have the same asinine question asking you to describe your biggest flaws? We all know what we are supposed to say. We just work too hard. We just care too much about doing a great job. Our attendance is too perfect. Right. If I were sticking with the truth (which of course everyone does religiously at job interviews), I’d have to reveal these truths:
1. I have big feet. Sometimes they smell. I never bother with pedicures. I should.
2. I talk too much.
3. I can’t take television seriously. Except comedies. I’m serious about those.
4. I have never seen any of the Star Wars or Star Trek movies. I don’t know the difference between the two.
5. I chase fire trucks. Sometimes on foot, sometimes on my bike. Once in a Suburban. Don’t tell anyone.
6. I can’t and won’t keep secrets. If it’s hush-hush, just don’t tell me. Please. It’s better for both of us that way.
7. My pets are too fat.
If you’re still reading, you’re indulgent about flawed people. I am, too. I have no problem with people having flaws–big ones even–and don’t judge them. This is why I have fun with my heroines. In Her Lucky Catch and Her Lucky Prize, Jazz Shepherd has what I like to call “positive flaws.” Sure, she’s unlucky. But she demonstrates devotion to a good cause, has a healthy sense of curiosity, knows a good man when she sees one, and makes people laugh.
In my latest book, He’s on Her Trail, Jo Caldwell has “positive flaws.” She’s leading a double life, has big dreams that are somewhat unrealistic, and hasn’t had a real date in a long time. She’s great with firearms and kayaks, but what the hell should she do when hormones have her shedding her polyester park ranger uniform?
Positive flaws are forgiveable and entertaining. Now maybe I should pretty up my toenails while I try to keep my mouth shut all the way through the Star Wars Trilogy. I hope no firetrucks go by while the polish is still wet. I’m bad at resisting temptation.
Tell me, what “positive flaws” do you see in yourself or your favorite heroines? I’m always looking for ways to improve myself.