Random.org picked Elena K as the winner of the $10 gift card. Congratulations, Elena!
As authors, we write about heroes – men and women – but lately I’ve been inspired by authors who are a part of the Magical Musical family. First there’s Sheila Clover English. I’ve admired her for a long time for all that she’s done. Not only is she an author, in 2002, she started the book trailer market with her Circle of Seven Productions, and in 2003 trademarked the term ‘book trailer.’
But the book world is filled with talented and enterprising women, and I admire her even more for what she does outside of business. She fosters small dogs, and one of her recent Facebook posts made me cry. She’d taken care of a special needs dog, who was old, deaf, nearly blind and abused. She spoiled and loved her, and she gave her joy until the end. The first line of Sheila’s FB post says, “If love could have saved you, you’d have lived forever.”
And earlier in October, Sheila was driving in heavy traffic in the rain when she saw a small dog cowering in the middle of the road. Of course, she stopped the car, and tried to catch it. And of course, the dog ran from her, hiding under a parked van. Sheila ended up crawling in the mud on her belly to try to entice the dog to come to her. It took a while, but finally the shivering dog came out. Sheila tucked the little dog under her jacket and drove it home. She removed little steel wires from its fur, gave it a bath, fed it, and gave it more love before she called the local rescue associations to see if anyone was looking for it.
And then there’s another writer friend. Liz Kreger. It’s hard to talk about this, but she’s been fighting cancer for about 15 years, and lately it seems like the cancer is winning. But the last two times I called her and asked how she was, she said, “Not too shabby.”
That’s a real heroine! In all the years I’ve known her, I haven’t heard one “poor me” from her. And like Sheila who crawled through the mud for the dog, Liz has been doing some dirty fighting, too. Most people I know complain about small stuff – me included. And lately it seems like there’s been a glut of whiny book heroines. I can’t read those books. I want my fictional heroines to be as heroic as the real women that I know.
All of the Magical Musings authors write strong women heroines. Jennifer Estep has an assassin heroine in her Elemental Assassin urban fiction, and in her Bigtime paranormal romances have superheroines and heroes – as well as uber-villains and villainesses. (She has other series with strong women, too.) And I love Michelle Diener’s never-give-up heroines in her retelling of fairy tales.
I could go on and talk about every writer here, but it would take too long. I just feel so grateful to know so many wonderful authors. I’m giving a $10 Amazon gift card to a commenter and hope that you’ll buy a book with a strong heroine, whether it’s from an MM author or another one. To be eligible, just tell me about a strong woman who you would call a heroine. I’ll announce the winner’s name here tomorrow morning.