On Writing Difficult Heroines

Actually, it wasn’t until I began paying attention to book blogs and in-depth discussions of the romance genre that I realized there was such a thing as a “difficult heroine”. My method of crafting a book typically begins with a character and a situation, sparked either by something that intrigues me (a movie, snippet of conversation, fandom discussions of characters, etc) or by an interesting real person I’ve stumbled across during my non-fiction reading or on Wikipedia. So when I do the brainstorming, plotting, structuring of the book before I sit down to write, my primary concern is to write interesting heroines and heroes who compliment them, and my enjoyment of history usually means I try to make my characters match the texture of their backdrop to make my writing and reading experience much richer (so I’m not afraid to write a heroine who might initially be anti-suffrage or indifferent to the cause! *g*). In the end, I am committed to writing characters–and heroines, especially–who are like real people, not placeholders one can easily step into and then slough off once the book ends.

Author: Evangeline Holland

Evangeline is a public historian who brings her academic skills to fiction, in order to fill in the gaps in the historical record. Her love for history permeates just about everything she does, going so far as to "suffer" for this love--as the bruises and stuck fingers from fencing and sewing costumes to understand life in the past firsthand can attest.

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