Hmmm…that Reader’s Choice blog never turned up yesterday, did it? Guess I’ll have to surprise you with it later this week! Let’s just say it was a loooooong day.
Today, though, please welcome author Marie Andreas to the blog. Back many moons ago, we were on a group blog together and now Marie is a fellow member of the RWA Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapter. And she’s going to talk about one of our favorite characters, the kick-ass heroine. DJ needs lessons, although she’s improving.
ABOUT MARIE: Marie is a fantasy and science fiction reader with a serious writing addiction. If she wasn’t writing about all the people in her head, she’d be lurking about coffee shops annoying total strangers with her stories. So really, writing is a way of saving the masses. When not saving the masses from coffee shop shenanigans, Marie likes to visit the UK and keeps hoping someone will give her a nice summer home in the Forest of Dean. She has released the first three books of her humorous fantasy series—The Lost Ancients (mayhem, magic, and drunken faeries!) and the first book (Warrior Wench) in her space opera,-The Asarlaí Wars.
To find out more about her books, and future series, please visit her website at www.marieandreas.com–especially if you happen to have a small cottage to give her.
And now let’s hear more about Warrior Wench (love the title!):
ABOUT WARRIOR WENCH: Vaslisha is a mercenary starship captain with a few simple rules: A good ship is better than a great man, in case of confusion always err on the side of blowing someone’s head off, and never fall for a telepath or a member of her crew. All of those are about to bite her in the ass.
Vas’s life takes a turn for the worse when she comes back to her crew after what should have been a two week pleasure trip to find out she’s actually been gone a month and has no memory of missing time. Her beloved ship, The Victorious Dead, has been sold for scrap and its pieces scattered throughout the galaxy. In addition, there are unmarked ships blowing apart entire planets and the Commonwealth government can’t, or won’t, stop them.
And that’s just her first day back.
Vas has to fight her crew, the Commonwealth, and a mysterious cadre of warrior monks to get her ship back and save a universe that may not want to be saved.
Now, let’s hear from Marie!
Girls that kick—
I thought I’d talk a bit about tough girls, the ones many of us wish we were, but usually aren’t. First, let me introduce my writing worlds- I write fantasy (mostly humorous, some series more than others ;)), space opera, and steampunk (series to start next year). But one unifying point to all of my worlds is a tough chick (and a hot, usually smartass guy–but that’s for another blog post J).
Now some of these women are very tough on the surface. Vaslisha from Warrior Wench for example. She looks tough on the cover—and she is tough. But her story isn’t about becoming tough; she’s already there. It’s about becoming human. This book is a trilogy and it involves a huge war, mayhem, and death. But it’s also about who Vas really is-both to others and to herself.
In my fantasy series, I have a smartass “digger” named Taryn. Diggers look for ruins from the vanished elves and before them, the Ancients. She’s not particularly tough, and counts on her three drunken faery wards to be her enforcers so to speak. She just wants a simple life looking for ruins and going to her favorite pub at night for a pint. But as her story unfolds we see there is far more to her than meets the eye and she is tough—dangerously so.
Both series have tough women with foibles, bad traits, habits that annoy them and others. But one is journeying toward become more rounded as a person; the other is on a collision course toward a power that may destroy her.
I have a number of other series started, some closer to coming out into the world that others, but they all have a strong woman in the center. They have weaknesses, sometimes fall for the wrong guy, almost destroy a world or two—but at their core they are all fierce. They aren’t sitting around waiting for someone to save them.
So let’s hear it for tough chicks! I’ll give away one digital copy of Warrior Wench or The Glass Gargoyle, book one in Marie’s fantasy series, to one commenter who tells me: Who’s your favorite kickass heroine?