Sometimes a heroine is a firecracker, feisty and great with a snappy comeback. Other times she's shy and in need of nurturing. She may have a closet devoted solely to shoes or she could be living on peanut butter and crackers. Hopefully, by the time the reader clears the first few pages of our books they are sufficiently attached to the heroine and willing to go on a journey of self discovery with her.
You might think that the ability to leave the bedroom door, truck door, patio door or office door wide open would be the pinnacle of romance writing freedom for an author. In some ways I suppose it is. I love writing erotic love scenes, from the first surge of her heartbeat, all the way to her last shudder of ecstasy.
Equally important to me is the discovery of the badass inside that woman. Sometimes it's buried deep and the revelation of it surprises her and the reader alike, or she may wear that mantle easily from the first page. By the term badass, I don't necessarily mean she is the alpha bitch of all she surveys. I mean she comes to the realization that for one, two or three men she is the absolute "shit." Few moments are as satisfying as those.
My deeper purpose in writing those moments of self-realization is the hope that the reader will get a glimpse of the badass locked inside her. That part of ourselves can get buried deep by self-denial, work, exhaustion, flagging romance and day to day responsibilities and just needs that little spark to rekindle what once glowed bright. If by chance my books have helped to spice up a reader's love life a bit as well, then two of my goals were accomplished. But...that's another blog post for another day.
If you've experienced that moment of self-realization, when you could wink at yourself in the bathroom mirror and acknowledge the badass inside of you, what brought you to it? Was it realizing you were done worrying what everyone else thought of you, like it was for me? Was it the moment your husband told you that you were gorgeous and you actually believed it was true? Or are you still on that journey of self-discovery? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.
Heather Rainier writes erotic romance for Siren Publishing. Maya's Triple Dare, the seventh book and most recent release in the Divine Creek Ranch Collection, is available for purchase in e-book format at http://www.bookstrand.com/mayas-triple-dare Visit her on Facebook and at her website at www.heatherrainier.com