As a reader, what kind of heroine do you like?
Funny, smart, vulnerable, independent?
It’s not hard to think of heroines from novels who stand out in my mind long after I've read their stories. Anne of Green Gables, Scarlett from Gone with the Wind, Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet, Nancy Drew, and Katniss from the Hunger Games just for starters.
They come from all different kinds of backgrounds, but what makes those heroines jump off the page and become unforgettable in the readers mind?
Here are some basics that hold true for me. I want my heroine to. . .
As an author, that’s not an easy task. As a reader, I love it when I stumble across characters that pull me in and won’t let go even when that last page has been read.
Meet my latest heroine, Emily Hunt, from Fatal Exchange.
Emily is very different from the rest of her family. She might come from a family of cops, but she can gladly do without the adrenaline rush. Instead she’s a schoolteacher who loves kids, and the chance of making a difference in their lives. She's saving up to buy a house, slowly moving forward after her brother's death, and settling into a life she loves.
But everything is about to change.
When one of Emily’s students takes her class hostage, she has to draw on all of her strength to handle what happens next. And on top of that, the person she has to trust to save them all is the person her family believes is responsible for the death of her own brother.
What I loved about writing Emily’s story was watching her discover that she had more strength than she ever imagined.
Your turn. What makes a memorable heroine (or hero) in your opinion? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!
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BIO: Lisa Harris is a two-time Christy Award finalist (Blood Ransom and Dangerous Passage) and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. She has sold over thirty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent over ten years living as missionaries in Africa where she homeschools, leads a women’s group, and runs a non-profit organization, The ECHO Project www.theechoproject.org, that works alongside their church-planting ministry.
When she’s not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari.
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