Recently, there’s been some talk about the idea that “women aren’t women” anymore in romances due to the popularity of the kickass heroine. And well, as it’s women who buy romance and women who write it overwhelming – I beg to differ. Women ARE strong. I’m not saying they have to carry surface to air missles or anything, strength comes in a wide variety of flavors. So yeah, I don’t like whiny heroines, in fact I won’t read them or the authors who write them. They’re not my cup of tea at all.
On a related note, the heroine in Enclave is hard assed. By that I mean, she’s a vampire. And vampires are predators. So she kills and doesn’t feel remorse, it’s her job. She’s not kicking kittens or killing innocents or anything, but she’s not fluffy or sweet. This is sort of risky I know because a) she’s a vampire and I know people think vampires are over and b) there’s this hesitance about reading heroines who aren’t nice. And Maya isn’t nice. She’s strong and courageous and loyal and vicious.
I just can’t find myself in a place yet where I write my characters down. It’s who she’s meant to be, you know? There are obviously limits based on what romance is and what the market is seeking, there are things even if she wanted to do, I won’t write them into my books.
At the same time, I just want her to be this way. She IS dark and complicated. Why do heroes get all the fun in that department?