One thing that will make me stop reading a book is a whiny heroine. I love strong women in real life and in my fictional life. I need them. The genre doesn’t matter. All of Michelle Diener’s heroines – in several genres – are strong and smart. You won’t find one weak heroine in her books.
The same with Jennifer Estep’s books. In fact, her characters will kill the bad guys – and save the good guys. A few might even steal from the bad and the good.
Mary Hughes’ heroines will help save the world (or town). They’ll also make you laugh, and they’ll get the handsome vampire. 🙂
Dale Mayer’s heroines come with horrendous problems, and sometimes they need a little help, but in the end, they’re often the main factor in saving whatever is wrong in her fictional worlds.
My women characters might need a little help from a man or a dog/cat/pooka, but they’re definitely in the front lines of the plot. And in the end, my heroines don’t just get the bad guys, they often get the puppy or kitty, too. Oh, and the hero, of course.
For many years, Garrison Keillor has done well on public radio, on stage, at least one movie (that I’m aware of), and in books with his stories about “Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children above average.” I wish I’d thought of that motto first. It’s great to know that some men love strong women, too. In return, I think women have always liked men who are good-looking.
Who are some of your favorite strong women characters?