by Marie Astor
This is a really good question, as it is a question that I ask myself every time I set out to write a new novel. While I cannot answer this question for all the readers (I bet every author wishes she / he had the answer to this riddle!), I can answer what character qualities make me like a heroine when reading a book.
1) A heroine should be relatable to by the reader – regardless of where and when the story takes place, the reader has to be able to identify with the heroine on some level. I think that Jane Austen’s novels are the perfect example – the setting may be in a different century, but we still find ourselves relating to Austen’s heroines as they struggle with their misfortunes and claim their victories.
2) A heroine should be likeable, which does not mean perfect by any means! There are many famous heroines who are not perfect in the least– for example, Scarlett O’Hara. Scarlett is scheming, conniving, jealous, and downright mean at times, and yet, as readers, we love her all the same because she has redeeming qualities, which brings to number three:
3) If a heroine has flaws, she must have redeeming qualities in order to make the reader root for her anyway. Again, Scarlett O’Hara is the perfect example here – she may be conniving and scheming, but she is also strong-willed and tough, and she perseveres and stands tall in very difficult circumstances, making us root for her as readers.
4) A heroine should have flaws. Who wants to read about a Goody Two-Shoes? In real life no one is perfect – how many of us can honesty claim to never having a jealous thought or listening to gossip?
5) And last, but not least – physical appearance is just as important as inner qualities. I believe that there should be a balance between physical appearance and character traits. How does a heroine who is gorgeous, confident and eloquent sound? Boring. But if we had a heroine who is good-looking, but is struggling with insecurities stemming from her past we would want to find out more about her.
These were the guidelines that steered me true when I was writing the character of Maggie Robin – the heroine of my contemporary romance novel, On the Rim of Love. I hope that you will add On the Rim of Love to your Kindle shelf and join Maggie on her search for true love.
Thank you for this great guest post Marie!!
On the Rim of Love Blurb:
Twenty-two-year-old Maggie Robin has been dating the irresistibly good-looking Jeffrey Preston for a year. But when Jeffrey proposes marriage to her a week after her college graduation, Maggie finds herself wondering if she wants to spend the rest of her life married to a workaholic TV show producer.
Her doubts culminate when during a ski trip to British Columbia she meets Taylor Denton, a handsome, free-spirited big mountain skier.
Maggie’s attraction to Taylor is undeniable, but she is engaged to marry Jeffrey. Will Maggie have the courage to follow her heart?
About the Author:
Marie Astor is a die-hard romantic who wholeheartedly believes in true love, which is why she writes in the contemporary romance genre.
Marie is the author of contemporary romance novels, On the Rim of Love, Lucky Charm, and a short story collection, A Chance Encounter and Other Stories.
In addition to being a writer, Marie is an avid hiker, an excellent swimmer, a good skier, and a capable badminton player.
Currently, Marie is working on her next novel – stay tuned for details! If you would like to receive updates about book releases and events, please visit Marie’s website or visit Marie at her Facebook page.
Marie is giving away a Kindle 3G skinned in her beautiful On The Rim Of Love cover art. (US/CAN). And fantastic daily prizes. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below! Good Luck!
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March 6th: Announcement of the big prize winner on Marie’s site!
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Wednesday, February 29th – Library Mosaic
Thursday, March 1st – The Magic Attic
Friday, March 2nd – Ce-Ce’s Garden Reviews
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