I would love to begin by speaking briefly about strong female heroines. I am a fan of tough, intelligent females in novels, and I believe that comes from two places.
My mother is the strongest, most courageous woman I know. Being a career librarian, she taught my sister and I at a very young age that books were magic and T.V. and video games were not. Although I really didn’t like that idea when I was a teen, I learned pretty early on that she was absolutely right. It’s because of that lady, that I became an avid reader and writer. I also got the love for strong female characters from my daughter. She’s a reader extraordinaire, but when she wasn’t reading, Buffy was playing in the background. Shelby always loved the fact that the girl was able to kick major butt, and that she was the ultimate hero in a world full of men…and vampires, of course.
In a historical series I write called, Tallent & Lowery, the main character is a very tough, very intelligent woman who bas a card catalogue for a brain. She can pull up all sorts of information and head out on adventures and solve puzzles that no one else even understands. She actually brings the mysteries to life. Funny – a bit sarcastic, at times – she’s the ultimate heroine.
So when I began my foray into the young adult world, I decided that I very much wanted to tell a unique angel story (not ‘fallen’ or tormented…at least, not at first). I wanted that female angel to be the toughest of the tough; not by wielding swords, but using her talents to go against the most difficult things you can possibly think of – human emotions. When this angel meets up against love, fear, anger, envy – she’s beyond confused, but she keeps going. Her mind and her heart were bent at times, frayed a bit around the edges, but she never gives up who she is or what she believes in, and I think that’s really the best type of character in the world. Whether the female characters are strong and powerful with their hearts or minds or talents, etc., doesn’t matter. Whatever their ultimate fate is makes the story, and I hope that readers really understand and feel that with Emily in, Until Next Time.