My favorite heroines are the girl next door. She’s the cop, the teacher, the librarian, the paramedic. She’s your average, every day woman, not the one wearing ten-thousand dollar gowns or six hundred dollar shoes. She’s likely to hang out at home in a cami and yoga pants, she worries about her friends and family, and she’s (mostly) comfortable in her skin. She works and she plays and she’s looking for love. And yes, I write kinky heroines, but you may be surprised to find out that the girl next door likes her sex a little bit (or a lot!) on the kinky side!
Jessica, my first heroine is a wife and mom, trying to bring a spark back into her still-solid marriage. She and her husband have grown over the years, and now she wants something more — but only with the man she still loves with all her heart. This is a woman who, in the middle of sexytimes with her husband, has to put her own needs and desires on hold to clean up her son’s vomit. Sound familiar to anyone?
Then there’s Bella. She’s a plus sized woman who is comfortable with the body she has, until she meets a guy who could be a cover model. He falls for her, just the way she is, and isn’t that what we all want? A partner who sees us, flaws and all, and loves us anyway.
I’ve also got a cop who regrets losing the man who got away, a paramedic learning to live with an injured and still-recovering body, and a teacher whose marriage has recently ended.
One of the reasons I like writing and reading the girl-next-door type heroines is that I find them more relatable. Sure, I read to escape, but the reality is, I want to read someone with whom I can empathize. That’s not to say I’ll never write a write a wealthy heroine or famous one – you never know! – but it looks like my books fall solidly into the “people you run into at the grocery store” range of characters.
What’s your favorite kind of heroine? Larger than life, girl next door, or somewhere in-between?
If you’d like to read about one of my everyday heroines, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Matzoh and Mistletoe (with heroine Rebeccah, who teaches school and gives Jeremy a grammar lesson on Christmas day!) One name will be chosen at random (from a hat, by my heroine-in-training) on Wednesday, December 11th.