This week on WW, we're discussing why you like to write the particular heroine you do!
Christi likes urban types; for what Kristi, Margie, Shawn and Liz perfer, you'll have to read the rest of the week's posts to find out!
For me, it's a no-brainer.
She has to be western. Not only in the setting I place her in, but her mind-set and actions.
I love the kick-ass cop or FBI agent. I like innocent girl meets the millionaire bad boy as much as anyone and a couple of CPs have really great ones. But, for me, my heronie has to be a western woman, most likely on a ranch or at least a small farm. A horse--or a hundred--is a given. And most likely she'll have an Australian shepherd or two and at least one cat
Am I writing me?
Parts, yes. The horses, dogs and cats. The love of bad boys. (Do all women love bad boys?)
I live in the west, always have. Don't want to be anywhere else.
I don't set my heroines here because it's the only thing I understand. I grew up half-time in Phoenix and have also lived in Dallas and Jackson. I know big cities. Don't like them much. Sure wouldn't live in one, and my hoard-er-herd of animals would hate it, too.
Most of my heroines are like me...they wear boots and jeans and drive pickups with horse trailers attatched. They can ride, rope, shoot. Strong-- both physically and mentally. Who stand by men, not behind them.
My grandmother, my mother, my sisters, my daughter and my friends are all western women.
Being western is a mind-set as much as a location. I have "western" friends all over the country, and the world, thanks to the internet and Facebook.
The kind of heroine I want read, and more importantly, write, is one I'd like to sit down over a cup of coffee with.
What's your favorite heroine, and why?