I love to read stories that have strong female leading characters. Women that can kick butt and stand up for themselves and those they love.Woman of courage and conviction.
I love when they are strong, not just physically, but emotionally as well. I'm not saying they have to be perfect, or that they can't have moments of vulnerability or weaknesses. This is, after all, what makes them human.
As much as I love these kinds of female leads they don't seem to be what my female leads are in the fiction that I write. Cass in Lifeboat is a survivor, but she's been shattered and has had to be emotionally glued back together. She is a fighter, but she's fragile too.
It seems the primary characters in my novels are women that were strong at one time, but through life, circumstance, or otherwise they no longer stand as strong as they used to. They are broken in some fashion.
In that way, my heroines are somewhat autobiographical I think. There is a little piece of me in each one.
I used to be strong. I used to be fierce. I too am a survivor. But as I've lived this long life of mine I've become damaged along the way, just like my heroines. I'm no longer as strong as I once was.
As much as I admire strong heroines, I think damaged heroines are just little bit more interesting, and a little bit more real, even in the world of fiction.
What do you think? How do you like your heroines?