Welcome again to CentreStage! CentreStage showcases fantastic authors from around the world. On CentreStage, these authors might write for you about their lives, or their writing journey, or anything else that matters to them. Every feature will be different in format and flavour, so watch out for a variety of stories and tales.
Today, I have a very special guest indeed, and I have to admit to being just a little in awe. Please give it up for the amazing Talli Roland and a fabulous piece on determination and independence. I’m taking notes here… Over to you, Talli!
Kick-Ass Women Rule
Or . . . Why I Love Writing Strong Female Characters
I enjoy sweetness and light as much as the next gal, but sometimes it can get a tiny bit irritating to watch female characters spin in hopeless circles as they eat their way through cupcakes and trot off to buy high heels. Where are the successful, professional women who stand up for themselves and don’t fall to bits when faced with hunky men? Where are the protagonists who aren’t afraid to speak their mind, who drink whisky not spritzers, and chow down on potato chips not chocolate?
Don’t get me wrong: I’m a big fan of romance and love. But I want to see a couple come together as equals, after the woman sorts out problems herself – not because the hero has swooped in, snapped his fingers and made everything fine. I want the woman to be a person in her own right; I’ve never understood the attraction of the sentiment ‘you complete me’. In our modern times, women do it all. Why shouldn’t our chick lit protagonists represent that?
In my debut novel The Hating Game, main character Mattie Johns strides through the pages with snark, attitude, and confidence. She’s far from perfect – in fact, she’s quite spiky in the beginning – but she certainly isn’t dithering or ditzy. She makes firm decisions, acts on them, and will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. Interestingly, some readers love her while others… not so much! But I have a soft spot for her, because despite her hard outer shell, underneath she still wants what we all do: to be loved by a man who respects her. She’s not willing to sacrifice who she is to get it, and I l really admire her for that.
In my latest novels, Build A Man and Construct A Couple, main character Serenity has no qualms about reaching for her dreams. Yes, she makes mistakes along the way and has questionable judgment, but she takes action – growing and developing as she does so, finding love at the end once she’s discovered how to make herself happy.
After all, isn’t that true romance? Two people who don’t need each other, but who choose to share their lives because they want to.
And that’s why I love writing kick-ass female characters!
Three cheers! Wow, Talli, what an amazing post. I am totally with you one hundred per cent; life’s for the taking. I love your style, as well as your leading ladies! Now let’s find out a bit more about you… not that you really need an introduction!
About Talli Roland…
Talli Roland writes fun, romantic fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine). Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories–complete with happy endings. Talli’s debut novel The Hating Game was short-listed for Best Romantic Read at the UK’s Festival of Romance, while her second, Watching Willow Watts, was selected as an Amazon Customer Favourite. Her novels have also been chosen as top books of the year by industry review websites and have been bestsellers in Britain and the United States. Construct A Couple is her latest release.
And finally: to kick ass, or not to kick ass? How do YOU like your romantic heroine? Let’s hear it… go on, don’t be shy, speak your mind!