Ever read about heroine who is a little awkward? Socially inept or has alopecia? Perhaps she's a math nerd or is just a good old plain jane?
I am a massive fan of the not-so-perfect heroine in romance novels. They bring a depth of reality to what is often labeled a superficial genre. I love it when a heroine wobbles on her high heels, has stretch marks, wears comfy bras and couldn't find a matching set of underwear to save her life. As a reader and an ordinary-kind-of-girl myself, I find this completely relatable, and it really makes me like the character.
Now, I'm not saying I can't appreciate a kick-ass heroine who doesn't chafe in tight leather, or a perfect princess whose french manicure is never chipped - I do, its just the ordinary girl getting the guy really does it for me as a reader, and as a writer.
As an author, I get a buzz out of making my heroines a little quirky, because it makes them so much more real (not to mention entertaining) for myself when writing them. However, I think care needs to be taken with this kind of girl. Let's face it no body likes soggy lettuce in a salad - and an excessively not-so-perfect heroine, just like bad lettuce, can quickly ruin a perfectly good dish!
Have you read any really good 'not-so-perfect' heroines lately? Leave a comment and a name, and you'll be in the running to win an e-copy of the entire 3 book "Magic Series".
Nicola E. Sheridan is a West Australian author who writes paranormal romance; quirky stories of Genies, mythology and romance. The final in the Magic Series, "Magical Redemption" was published in November 2012.