One of the things that draws me to a book, romance or not, is a feisty, kickass heroine. I grew up reading mysteries because that’s what my mother and sister read, so while some people may not think Miss Marple is kickass, just read Agatha Christie’s books and you’ll see steel in that corset!
Then I got into romantic suspense and I found that authors like Karen Rose, Lisa Jackson, Carla Neggers and others like them seemed to feel the way I do. Their heroines, while humanly flawed, were gritty yet soft, heroic yet vulnerable, and the kind of women I related to – or wished I was.
When I set out to write my Phoenix Agency Series for The Lotus Circle, while the series is based around the partners in the agency, the heroine in each book is psychically gifted, determined and strong enough to battle fear when the situation calls for it. In Always On My Mind, Faith Wilder communicated telepathically with Mark Halloran and took on everyone including the government to rescue him. In Visions of Darkness, Mia Fleming’s visions are the key to Dan Romeo solving a series of murders and a possible theft, and she wades right in there with him. In Book Three, Scent of Danger, which was just completed, Kelly Monroe and her Caucasian Ovchartka are psychically linked. When the dog also links with Rick Latrobe, Kelly puts herself on the line to help find the men trying to kill him.
I carry the theme over in my erotic romances, too, that I write as Desiree Holt. Here you’ll find women not afraid to meet a challenge, not intimidated by alpha males but not offensively aggressive, either. Whether they come together in public places or in the privacy of their bedrooms, even in the roles of submissives, the women are all self-possessed and know their own minds. When they submit it’s their choice, and because of that they are able to give back pleasure to the men.
Do you like your heroines feisty and kickass? Soft and gentle? Young? Old? Let me hear what you like.
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