WINNERS! WINNERS! The winners from last week’s blog with Linda Bennett Pennell are: Jessica Jefferson and Sarah Hegger! Email me at: christie (at) christie-craig.com to claim your Amazon e-book. Congrats!
I am super-de-duper excited today, folks! First, because I’m less than one week away from the release of my holiday novella, The Cop Who Stole Christmas, which is coming out next Monday, NOVEMBER 25th! I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, and I love, love, love these characters. I hope you do, too! So, be sure and keep an eye out for that this Monday, and more on that in next week’s blog, and here is the book trailer for your viewing pleasure . . .
Hi, Christie fans!
You know what I just spent a few hours doing? Reading Christie’s Gotcha! on Wattpad and thinking about heroines. Macy Tucker, the heroine of Gotcha!, is a lot of fun—wise-cracking, smart, driven, vulnerable. She’s divorced, putting herself through law school selling pizzas. She loves her hapless brother, her kooky grandma, and her weeping mom, and she knows what to do when life gives her lemons. (Answer: Knee it in the nuts.)
She’s different in so many ways from Ashley Bowman, the heroine of my serialized novel Roman Holiday. Oh, Ashley’s got a smart mouth, too, but she doesn’t know what she wants. Name a part-time job with no future, and she’s tried it, but she’s a little short on long-term goals. Also, long-term relationships, though she’d run out of fingers and toes if she tried to list all the men she’s found herself tangled up with in the short term. Also? The person she loves most in the world just died, and she’s impulsively decided to chain herself to a palm tree to stop the vacation rental apartments where she grew up from getting knocked down to make room for more development.
Oh, Ashley. Not so hot at making good decisions, are you?
But just like Macy, Ashley has a big heart. She likes people, she’s empathetic, she makes friends easily. She’s loyal and helpful and lovable, and although she can be a brat — particularly if you’re Roman, the novel’s hero — what I love most about Ashley is that she’s trying. She’s determined. Even when she doesn’t have a clear direction or a goal, she can’t stop moving and attempting things, can’t stop connecting with people, can’t give up.
I think we’re used to believing women are most sympathetic, most interesting, most likable when they have their act together, but for me there’s a very real, very human sort of bravery in characters like Ashley or Macy — women who are a bit out of their depth, not quite sure it’s going to all work out, but who gamely keep going, keep trying stuff, even though it would be easier to retreat and hide out from life.
And the reason I enjoy characters like this so much, I think, is that I read heroines not to aspire to be them, but to see myself and the women around me mirrored in them. These are the women I want to read about, the women I want to see falling in love. You. Me. Her. All of us.
What about you guys–what do you enjoy in a heroine? What do you love about Christie’s? Who are some of your favorites?
Ah, excellent post, and excellent questions, Ruthie! Thanks for being with us! Now, here’s a little more about her fabulous book (the first part of a fantastic series) where you can find it and her wonderful book trailer: