Thrilled to be a guest on Zen DiPietro's Women of Badassery blog today. After all, what better place could I find for Kiellen?
Zen posts all sorts of great stuff related to women being badasses, interviews authors who write great women characters, and showcases a variety of books featuring diverse heroines with agency.
Why is this so awesome and important? Books with women characters who matter - instead of women characters who simply act as props or foils for men - are thankfully more prevalent than they have been in the past. However, we still have a ways to go before women are fully portrayed in all their glory - the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Here's an excerpt from the post I wrote for Zen:
How A Bold Heroine Almost Had A Sulky Princess Backstory: Creating a Conscious Worldbuild
Have you ever stopped to deeply think about how your unconscious thoughts and prejudices seep into the world of your writing?
In the first draft of my book Mechalarum, the main character Kiellen was the daughter of a king and women weren’t allowed to use flying suits. Her father, wanting to protect her from the terrible war raging just outside the castle, kept her confined to her room – which she responded to by pouting and sneaking around. Doesn’t sound so strange, does it? Lots of stories feature women fighting to gain acceptance in male-dominated fields or to escape the strict control of their parents.
Sound like it would be up your alley? Pop over to the post to read more!