MEET MY CHARACTER BLOG TOUR: Lili Grenault

Thanks so much to the wonderful Sherry Ewing for tagging me in this “Meet My Character” blog tour. She’s the second author to tag me so I decided to run this post for a second week in a row and feature my heroine in my current work-in-progress, soon-to-be-published, “Green Man” story.

First I’d like to introduce you lovely readers to Sherry, then I’ll move on to my character, Lili Grenault.

Sherry Ewing writes romance and I’ve had the pleasure of being in a writing community with her and watch her blossom from a newbie author into a successfully published romance author! Woot! Woot!

Sherry Ewing, author of IF MY HEART COULD SEE YOU
Sherry Ewing, author of the bestselling IF MY HEART COULD SEE YOU

ABOUT SHERRY: Sherry Ewing is a self-published author who writes historical and paranormal romance novels to awaken the soul one heart at a time. Her debut historical romance, If My Heart Could See You, hit Amazon’s top ten bestseller list only two days after the paperback release. Always wanting to write a novel but busy raising her children, she finally took the plunge in 2008 and wrote her first Regency novel. She is a national and local member of Romance Writers of America since 2012 and is currently editing her to be released soon second novel, For All of Ever. When Sherry is not busy writing, she can be found in the San Francisco area at her day job as an Information Technology Specialist.

Now let’s meet the Character from my WIP, currently name “The Green Man story” by Beth Barany. Today, I’ll focus on Lili Grenault, the heroine. Last week I focused on the hero, Brett Barnaby.

What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Lili Grenault. She’s a fictional person.

When and where is the story set?

The story is set in present-day, Amiens, France.

What should we know about him/her?

stock-photo-beautiful-young-woman-with-red-hair-wearing-short-pixie-crop-hairstyle-on-studio-background-118614265She’s a hard-working entrepreneur, educated all over the world. She also plays hard and loves to go dancing to blow off steam.

What messes up his/her life?

Her latest pitch for funds doesn’t go as planned and she’ll have to start from square one if she doesn’t raise funds from this group.

Also, her grandmother tells her she needs to drop her ambitious and world-contributing business to embrace her magical legacy by May 1st, Beltane, or suffer a lot of chaos in her life.

Then she meets a scary “Green Man” and gets really freaked out. Maybe there’s something real to her magical legacy, after all!

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Driftwood art by Paul Baliker

What is the main conflict? 

25958956-sexy-portrait-of-a-young-confident-businessmanHer life starts getting more chaotic as she denies her magical legacy. When she turns to Brett Barnaby for help, her life gets more complicated, not easier.

What is the personal goal of the character? 

She wants to fund her social high-tech start up.

Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? 

I haven’t yet decided. here’s some ideas I’m working on: Love’s Labyrinth, Labyrinth of Love, or The Rose in the Labyrinth. Which one do you like best?

When can we expect the book to be published?

By September 1st or before, I promise!

Love is a labyrinth. Fiction by Beth Barany
Love is a labyrinth. Fiction by Beth Barany

Now here are 3 wonderful writers you should know. Next Monday (August 25), you’ll be able to check out their Meet My Characters posts on their respective blogs: 

Author, Emmy Gatrell
Author, Emmy Gatrell

Emmy Gatrell has been a voracious reader since an early age and recently launched her own writing career with the highly rated Meanmna: Book One of the Daearen Realms series. The follow on book, Bienn-Theine: Book One of the Daearen Realms continues her success. As the mother of two boys, Emmy continues balancing writing, reading, and parenting–not it that order. She and her family split their time between the North Georgia Mountains and Costa Rica. She talks about Mathew in her blog today. It’s in his realistic-eighteen-year-old guy’s first person perspective that Bienn-Theine is told.
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Author, KG Stutts
Author, KG Stutts

Growing up in Texas and later South Carolina as the youngest in a house full of science-fiction fans, K.G. Stutts had her natural curiosity and imagination nurtured since birth by family movie nights where they would watch Star Wars, Indiana Jones and even timeless Disney favorites. A prolific writer of sci-fi, romance and mystery, K.G. draws much of her inspiration from those amazing works that gave her an appreciation for telling rich, compelling, character-driven stories for all audiences. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, Brad and works for a customer service call center full time. She’s a lover of Star Wars, Star Trek (original, TNG, and Voyager), Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis, Muppets, Garfield, Disney, Indiana Jones and is a big football, wrestling, and hockey fan. 
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Author, Andrea Buginsky
Author, Andrea Buginsky

Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer, and decided to try to write children’s fantasy books a few years ago. The Chosen is her first book, and was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight. Andrea has written three more books since: My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease; Nature’s Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2; Destiny: New Avalon, book 1, a YA fantasy. She is currently writing the second book in the New Avalon series and editing the third book of The Chosen series. Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies.
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MEET MY CHARACTER BLOG TOUR: Brett Barnaby

I owe many thanks to fabulous writer Karysa Faire for including me in this fun blog tour.

First I’d like to introduce you lovely readers to Karysa, then I’ll move on to my character, Brett Barnaby.

Karysa Faire writes romance and horror and I had the pleasure of being one of her beta readers for her fun romance work-in-progress, Swashbuckler.

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Author, Karysa Faire

Her bio: Karysa Faire is a writer of the romantic, the unseen, the other worldly and the horrific. Residing in Northern California with her daughter, dog, and cat, she reads when she can and cleans her house when she has to.

Now let’s meet the Character from my WIP, currently name “The Green Man story” by Beth Barany. (I’ll be introducing the heroine, Lili, next Monday, in another Meet My Character Blog Tour stop.)

What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

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My hero, Brett Barnaby

Brett’s name is entirely fiction. I did research his last name, Barnaby, because I wanted him to have an English-sounding last name.

When and where is the story set?

This story is set in a smallish town northeast of Paris, France, that has the largest cathedral in France: Amiens. This town also say terrible action in World War I, part of the backstory of my story.

What should we know about him/her?

Brett, a Californian investor-surfer-player, is, well, was a ladies man, before he meets my heroine. He loves to work hard and play hard, and has been driven to make great business deals, as an investor in high-tech start ups. He loves to party, go dancing, and is loyal to his friends, Josh and Liam, his fraternity brothers. (Liam is the hero of A Christmas Fling. Josh is the hero of Parisian Amour.)

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Lili Grenault, my heroine

What messes up his/her life?

Meeting Lili messes up his life in an unexpected way. He doesn’t usually mix business with pleasure, but meeting her on the dance floor and then at the investment meeting gets him questioning his vow.

What is the main conflict? 

Limestone Green Man Mascaron, Fourteenth Street NW (Washington, DC) by takomabibelot_creative-commons-license_flickr
Limestone Green Man Mascaron, Fourteenth Street NW (Washington, DC) by takomabibelot_creative-commons-license_flickr

Magic! Time! And the Green Man!

What is the personal goal of the character? 

Unsatisfied with his current jet setting lifestyle, Brett Barnaby, a San Francisco investor by day and dance club hound by night, wants to find his great grandfather’s gravesite in Amiens, France, one of the primary battle sites of WWI. The family legend says that purpose, a greater mission, and perhaps even untold riches, will be unlocked when they find their ancestor’s grave. But his search in Amiens brings up fear, anger, and dire warnings about some wild Green Man. He turns to the redheaded pixie and hot local, Lili Grenault, for help. She knows the area. It has nothing to do with the fact that he needs to be near her, even though she’s an investment candidate, and he usually always keeps business separate from pleasure.

Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? 

I have a placeholder working title right now, “the Green Man” story is what I call it. I may call it: Magic in May; Roses for Lili; Labyrinth of Love. Any ideas? :)

When can we expect the book to be published?

By the end of August, I promise!

Now here are 4 wonderful writers you should know. Next Monday (August 18), you’ll be able to check out their Meet My Characters posts on their respective blogs: 

Emmy Z. Madrigal, Author
Emmy Z. Madrigal, Author

Emmy Z. Madrigal is the author of the musical romance series, Sweet Dreams and the artist spin-off Anime Girl. Her love of music and the Jazz masters of the Big Band Era have always inspired her life and her writing. She also writes horror and vampire fiction under the name Emerian Rich. To find out more, go to: sweetdreamsnovel.com.
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Catharine Bramkamp, author. Photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice
Catharine Bramkamp, author. Photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice

Poet/author/podcaster champion of Newbie Writers everywhere. Catharine Bramkamp is the co-producer of Newbie Writers Podcast that focuses on newer writers and their concerns. She is a successful writing coach and author of a dozen books including the Real Estate Diva Mysteries series, Future Girls (Eternal Press) and the poetry chapbook Ammonia Sunrise (Finishing Line Press). She holds two degrees in English, and is an adjunct professor for two Universities. A California native, she divides her time between the Wine Country and the Gold Country. She and her husband have parented two boys past the age of self-destruction and into the age of annoying two word text missives. Her latest book: Death Revokes the Offer, first book in the Real Estate Diva Mystery series: http://amzn.to/1dzTvhc. For the series: http://yourbookstartshere.com/books/.

 


 

Author, Carol MaloneCarol Malone successfully combined her three passions – romance, sports, and writing in her highly rated book, Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night and became the first woman to punch her way into the male-dominated genre of pulp boxing with her first tender love story. Her stories entice readers to scramble into a front row seat for a power-packed thrill-ride or swoon to tales of gentle passion. If not hammering out new tales, Carol is reading, watching sports or the Food Network on TV, or hanging with her author husband on the Coast of California. She loves to chat about sports and amour.

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Author, Michelle Murrain
Author, Michelle Murrain

About Michelle Murrain, she writes: “I have been writing science fiction since 2006, and have been an avid reader and fan of science fiction since I started to read. Since I have been both a scientist and a technologist by trade, and as a polymath, my interests span a wide range of topics, including science, technology, history, culture, politics, race, gender, sexuality, philosophy, spirituality, and religion. I brings all of these to bear in my science fiction writing, which has strong elements of exploration of all of these topics. I specialize in stories of culture clash and/or first contact, and has numerous strong female protagonists and characters. I have a philosophical approach to publishing my work – everything is licensed via Creative Commons – freely sharable and modifiable.”
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Christmas in July Giveaway and Blog Hop

Christmas-in-July-Giveaway-HopJoin me and my fellow authors in this fabulous giveaway and blog hop for Christmas featured stories, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Laurie Here.

Dates: July 22-July 31, 2014

I’ll be giving away 10 copies of my sweet/clean paranormal romance, A CHRISTMAS FLING.

A CHRISTMAS FLING by Beth Barany
A CHRISTMAS FLING by Beth Barany
A Christmas Fling by Beth Barany
A Christmas Fling by Beth Barany

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Grab Your Review Copy of Parisian Amour here!

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Sarah Redman, a bank project manager, wants adventure in her life. Trainer extraordinaire, Josh Kleine, needs to pull off a successful presentation at a Paris conference to land more clients and save his company. Together they may hold the key to the strange disasters striking the City of Lights. Can Sarah unravel the secrets of the city and of her heart in time to save them all?

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For Fans Of

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About the Author

Beth Barany, YA Fantasy Author
Beth Barany, YA Fantasy Author

Based in Oakland, California, Beth Barany writes magical tales of romance and adventure to transport readers to new worlds where anything is possible.

She’s the award-winning author HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER, a young adult fantasy novel (Book 1 of the Five Kingdom series.)

In her off hours, Beth enjoys capoeira, traveling, and watching movies with her husband, bestselling author Ezra Barany, and playing with their two cats, Kitty and Leo.

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Elemental Storytelling with a focus on HENRIETTA AND THE DRAGON STONE by Beth Barany

Want to know how we writers think of stories? Well, here’s a new way, with the Periodic Table of Storytelling.

I tried my hand at it recently for Henrietta and the Dragon Stone.

Hop over to Melissa Snark’s site to see the results!

While you’re there, enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a necklace or bracelet to 2 lucky winners. Use the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaways. Prizes can only be shipped to US addresses.

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A Kickass Heroine Comes From the Heart by Catherine Cruzan

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Elfkind by Catherine Cruzan

Help me welcome author Catherine Cruzan to my blog today as she discusses what lies at the heart of a good kick-ass heroine. You’ll be surprised! Enjoy!

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The components of a successful story stem from the heart of the heroine. Her perspective is our access to the storyline. Her attitude and approach shape our opinions. Her spirit propels us into her world, bringing it to life. Without that emotional connection, we may as well be standing in line at the grocery store or sitting in traffic. The entire undertaking falls flat.

But when the heroine’s heart is genuine, when there are real stakes hanging in the balance, we become invested, and quickly find ourselves battling demons with Tessa Gray, navigating English society with Elizabeth Bennet, or taming the African wilderness with Karen Blixen.

I crafted the plot of ELFKIND around our heroine, Lariel, beginning with the question: What is in her heart? What does she want from life, and how would she respond to having it all ripped away? Does she rely more on her brain, her wits, or her compassion? Does she have the strength to face the evil burgeoning around her, plotting to take everything else?  Is she shrewd enough to stay alive, resourceful enough to find the Elves, tenacious enough to keep trying in the midst of everything falling apart?

It is Lariel’s tenacity that makes her so kick-ass, her determination to prevail rather than be deterred, to stack her resources and set them in motion against the pervasive evils in the world.  To succeed, she must tap into all of her strengths—physical, mental, emotional, spiritual—with little regard for the size or the nature of the obstacles she confronts head-on every day.

Yet despite her intermediate triumphs along the way, there are the same needling doubts we all suffer. An honest heart has its limitations, its insecurities, its fears.  A real kick-ass heroine makes real mistakes. There is conflict in her makeup, flaws in her foundation, tribulation, pain. She needs to conquer many terrible things in order for her to glean her strength, because strength cannot exist without resistance.

When it comes to kickass heroines, we must be prepared to embark on daring adventures which will lead us down the twists and turns of wayward trails.  There is rarely exploration or discovery without danger. Our heroine may flinch, but she will never wholly shy away from the risks, because she has her eyes fixed on what she wants, or on what needs to be done. That kind of dedication comes with its own perils.

I did not set out to finish ELFKIND the way I did. I wrote all the way up to the climax, intending a different ending, and it struck me to the core when I realized what needed to happen instead—not because circumstance dictated it. Everything would have been fine if I had stuck to the outline, but fine wasn’t good enough. I didn’t want to compromise what Lariel had learned, or what I had learned in telling her story. The alternate ending is a more powerful testament to the breadth of her heart.

Our kickass heroines get knocked down—a lot—and the hits keep coming. Yet they always find a way to persevere. They strive for more, in their highly capable way, no matter how difficult the challenges. Their courage and resilience set them apart. They embody the remarkable people we want to be.

They are all of these things, because a truly kickass heroine comes from the heart.

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About the author

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Author Catherine Cruzan

Catherine Cruzan grew up in Bloomington, MN, but Southern California has been her home since 1984. After graduating from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, she has worked as a structures engineer for a number of aerospace companies in the Los Angeles area.

Catherine’s interest in books began as a child with a voracious appetite for reading. She fondly recalls piling onto her parent’s bed with her two brothers while her mother read the Chronicles of Narnia, Treasure Island, Little Women, Nancy Drew or Black Beauty. She moved on to The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings as a teenager, and Fantasy stories remain her favorite to this day.

Her writing career started with poetry and short stories published in the school newspaper. As an adult, she writes character driven Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction.  Her writing education includes Long Beach City College and the UCLA Writers Program. She is currently a member of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society and Orange County Writers.

Some of her many interests include Traveling the world, Steampunk, Victorian London, her Yamaha FZ6R motorcycle, Archery and Tribal Style dance.

Website: http://www.catherinecruzan.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7529169.Catherine_Cruzan

Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/catherine.cruzan.com

Lit Central: http://litcentraloc.com/2014/03/21/excerpt-of-elfkind-by-catherine-cruzan/

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ABOUT ELFKIND

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Elfkind by Catherine Curzan

Published April 9th 2014 by Hunt Press; Paperback, 300 pages; Author: Catherine Cruzan (Goodreads Author); ISBN: 1625309864 (ISBN13: 9781625309860)

Lariel lived a life of privilege as the daughter of King Tallen and heir to the Tallen throne, until the captain of the king’s guard betrayed the family, murdered her father and claimed the throne for himself.

On the run for her life, alone and afraid, she finds refuge with the elves and discovers in herself a heritage previously undiscovered.  She is Elfkind—not fully human—with all the gifts that come with it, unexpected magic to be harnessed, and skills to be learned.

Newly trained and tested, Lariel is determined to regain her throne and free her people. But will her hard-won talents be enough to defeat the darkness waiting for her?

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Special Contest to Announce Parisian Amour

Here’s the Special Contest: Where is this?!

A Paris Metro Stop. Photo by Beth Barany. All Rights Reserved.
A Paris Metro Stop. Photo by Beth Barany. All Rights Reserved.

Which metro stop is this?

Contest Rules

To enter this contest, type your answer in the comments below.

Correct entries will be entered in a drawing for a free ebook copy of my new paranormal romance novella, Parisian Amour here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KLLLI3G.

I’ll use random.org to pick a winner on July 14th, Bastille Day, by 7pm PST.

About Parisian Amour: A Magical Tales of Romance & Adventure novella

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Sarah Redman, a project manager up to her neck with work, wants some adventure in her life. A career opportunity in Paris seems like a dream come true, but once she gets there nothing goes as planned. The job interview she thought she wanted falls through and her dreams about a crying dragon trouble her. To top it off, she gets lost in the tunnels of Paris with a man who attracts her more than she wants to admit.

Trainer extraordinaire, Josh Kleine, needs to pull off a successful presentation at the Paris Transportation Conference to land more clients and save his company. But strange events in the tunnels under Paris drive him to distraction and into a strange, profound sadness. In search of answers under the city, he gets trapped below ground with a gorgeous woman who he desires like none before. But will the sadness tear him apart before he can convince himself and her that love does not only exist in fairy tales?

Together they may hold the key to the strange disasters striking the City of Lights. Can Sarah unravel the secrets of the city and of her heart in time to save them all?

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“…a good mix of romance and fantasy…”

“…a sweet bite of magic in the City of Love…”

“…This story is incredibly poignant in places and smoldering in others. …I loved how the romantic and paranormal sides came together in this story and everything is neatly tied up at the end. There are no loose ends with this novella. A beautiful story and a perfect book for anytime of night or day.” — Archeolibrarian

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Summer Crush Party: Get Your Book Boyfriend!

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Several of my books are on sale for $0.99 from now through June 22, 2014:

A Christmas Fling

Touchstone of Love

Henrietta and the Dragon Stone (book 2)

PS. My new romance novella, Parisian Amour, is on sale too.

Please spread the word! Thanks!!

FOR BOOK CLUBS

Hey friends: Maybe you’re in a book club or know people in a book club. If so, please share this with them!

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Lucky 7: 7 Lines of my WIP, Green Man #luckyseven

Limestone Green Man Mascaron, Fourteenth Street NW (Washington, DC) by takomabibelot_creative-commons-license_flickr
Limestone Green Man Mascaron, Fourteenth Street NW (Washington, DC) by takomabibelot_creative-commons-license_flickr

Green Man is just a placeholder title. I know. It’s so not sexy.

I was tagged in a Twitter-based writers’ exercise called Lucky Seven, or, rather, because it’s Twitter, #luckyseven (the hashtag.)

If you want to participate, here are the instructions:

- Go to page 7 or 77 in your current work-in-progress (WIP) manuscript.

- Go to line 7.

- Post on your blog the next 7 lines or sentences – as they are!!

- Tag 7 other people to do the same (apparently people do this on Twitter itself).

I’m 25% done with my sweet paranormal romance novella.

Here are the seven sentences, raw, rough, and unedited.

After a few more hours perfecting and checking with her team on last minute details, Lili stood up and stretched.

Everything in her small apartment looked the same but she didn’t feel the same.

Night had fallen.

She’d pushed aside her grandmother’s words for a few hours, buried herself in work, but now it all came crashing back to her.

She couldn’t do what her grandmother asked.

It was too much.

She stepped into her tiny bedroom, cast off her jeans and tank top and shimmed into her little black dress with 20s flapper fringes high on her thighs.

She slipped on spiky heels, dashed on her favorite red xxx Chanel lipstick, and threw her keys and cash into her black thin travel pouch she’d strap against her body while dancing, Lili was going to get her night on the town.

Bonus: What shade of red Chanel lipstick shall Lili wear? She’s a true red-head.

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Can You Stereotype Kick-Ass Heroines? by Author Isabella Modra

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Rouge by Isabella Modra
Help me welcome author, Isabella Modra, all the way from Adelaide, South Australia where she writes about young adult fantasy and kick-ass heroines. Enjoy!

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When I think of kick-ass heroines, it’s hard to put a stereotype to the many characters that come to mind. There’s the type of heroine who wears black leather showing WAY too much cleavage with a gun sticking out from her thigh holster and a badass pout on her lips. She kicks ass on a daily basis, has the greatest comebacks, saves the city from evil villains and always gets the hero.

Then there’s the quiet heroines who don’t portray the fact that they kick-ass. Take Nancy Drew, for instance. Do you see her sneaking around in lycra suits with a magnifying glass in her hand? And yet she always manages to catch the bad guys.

These days, heroines are beginning to change their faces. You hear of Katniss from The Hunger Games – an unintentional heroine who fought back for justice when she had no other option.

Most YA books these days feature a heroine of this kind of personality (Tris from Divergent, Hermione from the Harry Potter series, and Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments series to name a few). These heroines are innocent, brave by default and are often thrown into situations where they are forced to choose – to be selfish or to be the heroine?

The main character of my book series Rouge is, in some ways, similar to these heroines. Hunter Harrison was always ordinary until she discovered she had the ability to manipulate and wield fire. This power is often uncontrollable and reacts to her emotions. Give this to a teenage girl with a scientist for a guardian and a new love interest and you can expect her to have some mood swings.

Embers & Ice by Isabella Modra

What’s different about Hunter in comparison to the other heroines in the YA books we read is this; she is not a hero until she learns what it is to be a hero. She is an imperfect, compulsive, angry, whining and ungrateful teenage girl. Part of that is thanks to the fire that eats away at her soul, and she does well in my opinion to stop from ruining every relationship she has. And she’s lucky to have such patient people in her life (i.e her boyfriend, Eli).

I truly believe that in order to become a hero you have to go through hardships and struggles. You don’t wake up one morning with superpowers and suddenly you’re world-famous with a Twitter fanbase of 10 million followers. Yes, every hero goes through hardships. But they’re allowed to make mistakes in order to grow.

That’s exactly what my characters does. She grows. Tormented by her past and the suffering she endures eventually softens her heart. She becomes aware of what and who she took for granted. She figures out that heroines save even those who wrong them, because that’s the right thing to do. She learns to control the fire (I won’t give away how, you’ll have to read it), and she becomes a true heroine.

Perfect people make boring characters. The reader will want to throw up. After all, you’re creating someone as realistic as possible for people to idolize. It’s the same portrayal the media gives young girls about their image: telling them they have to be perfect will only crush their faith in themselves.

A true, kick-ass heroine is someone to look up to, someone to relate to and someone to dream of being. It’s as simple as that.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Author, Isabella Modra

Isabella Modra was born in Adelaide, South Australia, where she graduated in 2011 and began working full-time. In 2012 she traveled Europe, backpacking from Ireland to Egypt to Sweden and many other countries. She recently spent 7 months working at a ski resort in Alberta, Canada. She is currently living in Adelaide, South Australia.

Isabella began her writing career at the age of thirteen, after having loved reading books all her life. She wrote a mystery series of 9 books (unpublished) by the time she was fifteen, and decided to become a self-published author. ROUGE is her first published novel, and EMBERS & ICE – the second in the series – is soon to be released.

On a more casual note, she enjoys cups of tea, acoustic guitar, dreaming of travelling and meeting people with incredible life stories.

Amazon link for Rouge (first book): http://amzn.to/1pDZxSt
Amazon link for Embers & Ice (2nd book): http://amzn.to/1kIqA7u
Website: http://www.isabellamodra.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RougeNovel
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