Thursday, July 17, 2008
You Can't Win if You Don't Play
Thanks to everyone who left a message on my post last week, and now to announce the winner of the signed copy of WITCH WAY TO MURDER-Kimmyl! Send me(firstname.lastname@example.org)your mailing address, Kimmy, and I'll get your book off to you right away!
And while we're talking about last week's post-I think it's very cool that most posts pointed out how we (and I use "we" 'cause I'm with you on this one!)like strong female characters!! Remember the day when most of the women characters were clueless ingénues who waited for the big, strong hero to rescue them at the eleventh hour?? Not anymore-and the shift delights my little feminist heart!!
I also found Natalie Hatch's comment about sidekicks interesting and so true! In Ophelia and Abby, O's main partner in crime, Darci, has been really popular with a lot of the readers. Women seem to enjoy the way Darci is able to turn the table on men!
So how did Darci come to be?? Well, let me tell a quick story to illustrate, and then I'll move on to the more important stuff-my give-away to celebrate our re-release party! Okay…first a little background-I live in the Midwest where things can be rather conservative at times, and every so often one will run into what we'll call (not to step on any masculine toes) an un-enlightened male. One such instance happened several years ago, at an official function. I was asked to take a photograph of another Postmaster receiving a plaque, but unfortunately, I couldn't get the dang camera to work! After several tries, a gentleman stepped forward and offered his assistance. Alright…maybe he was just trying to be helpful, but his attitude came across as "here, honey, let ME do it." As if I weren't smart enough to take a picture because 1. I'm female and 2. a blonde (little did he know-my hair color comes straight from L'Oreal!) Anyway, the end of the story?? HE couldn't get the camera to work either-and let me tell you-that fact gave me no small amount of satisfaction!
When I began to imagine characters, the above story came to mind, and I thought "wouldn't it be great to have this, what appeared to be, ditzy blonde whom everyone underestimated?" Voila…enter Darci. Is she a ditz? Sometimes, but she's also the one who often points O in the right direction when it comes to solving the mystery. AND, she's fun to write!
Okay…enough of that…let's give away some books!!! In honor of kick-butt heroines, answer the four questions below, and five winners will receive signed copies of the latest Ophelia and Abby, THE WITCH IS DEAD. Here's the questions:
1. This one is easy, easy, easy, but no list of strong female characters would be complete with out her…what's the name of J. D. Robb's lead in her "Death" series?
2. Sara Paretsky paved the way for women writers when she created her female private eye. What's the character's name?
3. Though not exactly a "kick butt" heroine, this character isn't above staking a vamp or two, or plugging a were, should the situation call for it. Who's the heroine in Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series?
4. This series started over 20 years ago with the letter "A." What's the name of Sue Grafton's private eye in her Alphabet series?