“Why do you write these strong female characters?”
“Because you’re still asking me that question.”
Growing up my heroes were almost always men: Apollo from Battlestar Gallactica (The original, baby!), John from Chips (Am I dating myself yet?), the Duke brothers. They were cool. They were bad ass. And they kicked some serious bad guy back side.
Why didn’t I have female heroes? Well, there weren’t any. Okay, there was one: Wonder Woman. And she was the most excellent of all. But most of the women on TV were pretty much useless, beautiful props in skimpy outfits.
I didn’t want to be a useless prop in a skimpy outfit. I wanted to be right there with the boys taking names and kicking butt.
Things are different now, of course. Over the past few years many strong female role models have popped up on our televisions screens. From Dr. Quinn and Captain Janeway to Buffy and Rizolli, these women are a reminder of everything we can be and do: powerful, sexy, smart, loving, and really good bad guy butt-kickers.
It’s so important to me that my female characters are all, each in her own way, are the strong, confident role models I never had as a child. It’s also important to me that my fictional women, like real women, are more than one dimensional. This is why Morgan Bailey is both a powerful vampire hunter, and a kind hearted friend, sister and lover. When her world is rocked, which it frequently is, she gets right back up and keeps on going.
And if anyone ever asks me why I write strong female characters, I’ll just smile and say, “Because I can’t write them any other way.”
Who are your fictional female heroes? Or real ones, for that matter? Share your thoughts and I'll give away one autographed set of the first two books in the Sunwalker Saga!