Thursday, August 12, 2010
Welcome, Gemini Judson
I know I know. When we create a character, we need to give them a backbone. We make the heroes delicious and heroine’s booby. Right? The men have to be bad-asses with a weird soft spot for the heroine. The women are strong-willed and well—snippy.
Not for me. Sorry. I’ve said it before – I write characters that I’d like to hang out with. I want a hero that I know how to approach and I know will receive me with a grin and a cold beer in his hand. I want a heroine that answers the phone with a sympathetic ear when I call and she cries when she’s hurt.
Honestly, when I am reading a book and female lead is a bitch, I put the book down. I deal with too many of those people in the real world, why do I want to spend my make-believe time with them too?
But we’re supposed to make them feisty! That’s a thin line.
Adrian might drive me crazy with her quirky comments and non sequiturs, but I love her to bits. And so does my hero, Kevin Shepherd. He’s a softy and a smart-ass, and delicious in his own right. And tough in all the right ways.
My other leading ladies? Jessy Tanner in Animals is a little lost in terms of her life’s direction. But when the chips are down and her back is against the wall (literally, in this case) she fights like a tiger. Jasmine Bly in Night Blooming Jasmine appears to be a character full of flaws. Until we begin to understand her strength to rise above a consuming heroin addiction and start a new life.
Yes, when I look at my character files, I see wonderfully flawed characters, and very few grumps and sourpusses. If you’d like to meet some really cool people, check out my books at www.gemjudson.com/My_Books.html
Thank you Ginger for having me! It’s a nice place ya got here! Comfy…I took my shoes off. Hope that’s ok.