Last month, with our topic being heroes, I was beating the ideas away with a stick. This month? Not a single one.
Why, you ask?
Well…I have a confession. *leans in close and whispers* I am hard on heroines. In fact, I’m hard-pressed to find a heroine I think is more than just okay.
I don’t know why that is, why I find some flaws excusable in a hero, but condemn a heroine for the same ones. It’s not something I’m proud of, and definitely not something I make a conscious effort to do, but it’s something that just is all the same.
In my books, I want to create heroines everyone’s going to like. But I also know that’s absolutely not possible. There is no getting around it—you’re just not going to please everyone. For instance, in my new release, the holiday novella Season of Second Chances, I had people tell me Claire was too easy on Logan in the resolution of the story. At the same time, I had people say she overreacted and she needed to cut him some slack. Same situation, read through different eyes, and both walked away with a different perception of the character.
That’s why, when I sit down and write a heroine, rather than thinking about who I could write that would please everyone else, I think about what kind of heroine I’d want to read about. I want someone who’s engaging. Smart and probably a little sassy. Someone with a great sense of humor. Someone who’s kind and fun-loving. A girl who’ll show up at the doorstep of her best friend’s house at 3 a.m. with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s and a hundred stories about why men suck. Someone who’s not afraid to call you on your shit.
She might be the party girl or the homebody or the career woman. She might be a bombshell or a plain Jane. But when it comes down to it, the kind of heroines I most like to read about (and write about!) are the ones I’d want as my BFF.
So tell me…what’s the number one quality you like to read about in a heroine? Or maybe I should ask what quality of your BFF is your favorite?