When I think of HEROINE in a book, I don’t mean the lovely, blushing virginal female who needs to be rescued after she did something incredibly stupid. (DON’T GO INTO THE SWAMP.) I’m thinking more of the female who goes into the swamp even when she’s afraid of mud, because she is needed.
From the 1990 film “Pretty Woman”: Edward Lewis: So what happens after he climbs up and rescues her? Vivian: She rescues him right back.
For Vivian, Edward found the courage to dare heights. For Edward, Vivian found the courage to move on from her past and become the best she could be.
I write about people finding each other, often at the absolutely worst time. Romance. My heroes tend to be men who have seen too much, and suffer quietly. My heroines tend to be stubborn about taking care of themselves, and trying to protect. For Kendra, MY KILLER MY LOVE it was a sacred forest. For Bethany, TEACH ME TO FORGET it was the people whose stories could be so easily lost. For Sydney, A QUESTION OF HONOR it’s Devin, and Stormhaven.
I’m pretty proud of these heroines, and their stories. Then, I met KIMMER REED. Kimmer showed up in the Silhouette Bombshell line, September 2009. Kimmer didn’t wait around to be rescued, she took care of herself and those she cared about. When someone stepped over the line, she shot up his car (great visual, standing on top of his precious car and blowing his engine away) Here she is.
Yeah, one of DORANNA DURGIN’S HUNTER AGENCY books.
Now THAT’s a heroine!
Who are your favorite heroines?