As a strong, independent woman, I roll my eyes at the damsel in distress or the female character who is solely obsessed with finding a husband. Being a strong woman is hard, y’all, and we need to break out of these needy stereotypes.
When I first started in the biz, I began really digging into my ideal client and my niche. I kept volunteering my time to help authors who had created these strong female leads. There really aren’t enough of them out there. One of these authors even had her work rejected by a publisher or two because the lead was too dominant and they wanted that role saved for men. Can you imagine?!
Well, if you’re a woman, you probably can. It’s sad how little progress society has made in accepting women as leaders, competent allies, or anything other than a breeder, really.
***steps off soapbox,
which as a strong woman I built myself***
The point of this post was not to be a political rant. I just wanted to share how much I love reading about strong women and, more importantly, how much I enjoy collaborating with authors who want to put more female leads out into the world.
Keep them coming, please!
Any recommendations on what to read for some female-inspired strength? Please let us all know in the comments below.
For now, here are a couple of my picks for books starring at least one strong woman:
Allure by JL Adams
The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston