Sunday, May 25, 2014

Beth Yarnall: Imperfect Heroines

Maggie Mae Castro, the heroine of my Maggie Mae Misadventures series, is not your typical heroine. She has tattoos that document her mistakes and life lessons she’s learned, a criminal record, impulse control issues, and an anger management problem. She gets arrested as often as most people go to the grocery store. And by the end of the first book, Wake Up Maggie, she’s on parole.

She’s definitely not perfect. She messes up and often does the wrong thing for the right reason. Despite all of that, she has a strong sense of right and wrong and a code of ethics that she lives by.

Maggie also recognizes that she’s a work in progress. In You’re Mine, Maggie, she’s trying really hard to change her ways and curb her impulses. But change is a hard and she often takes a step and a half back for every two or three she manages to take forward.

In the third book, Find Me Maggie, her biggest secret is revealed. A secret that continues to impact her life in ways that she never imagined. Maggie is one of the most interesting and unpredictable characters I’ve ever written. I literally never know what she’s going to say or do next. She’s the most real non-real person I’ve ever written.

Can characters be too perfect? Do you as a reader ever long for a character who is less than perfect? 

Best selling author, Beth Yarnall, writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and the occasional hilarious tweet. She lives deep in the heart of Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog where she is hard at work on her next novel. For more information about Beth and her novels please visit her

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