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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.
September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.
“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!
Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:
Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.
Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.
In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.
Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.
Monday, August 2, 2010
My Favorite Female Characters
I chose five of my favorite female main characters (I have many more favorites.) to analyze, trying to discover what appeals about these characters. I found dissimilarities, which I’ve enumerated above, and yet with all of these varied aspects of their lives and characteristics, I’ve found that they also have a great deal in common.
All are independent women, making or having made their living. None is dependent on males, but all of them like males, even if they are frustrated by them from time to time. All rose to the top of their given fields. All of them have issues due to their upbringing and/or family. All of the characters participate, getting involved in events and with other people in their lives. They could even be characterized as nosey. All are smart, perhaps even superior, and all have challenges.
They have their faults, just as all of us do. The characters are frustrating because they risk their lives regardless of how those risks impact love ones. Sometimes their values or decisions are questionable. They bend or break the law justifying the means to the ends.
Do these characters sound like anyone you know?
Yes, I think most of us write characters that are somewhat like ourselves, yet aren’t us at all. Those characteristics that remind us of ourselves are universal traits, at least in some segments of the population. They are who we’d like to be, resourceful, knowing how to accomplish any given task in five different ways, succeed in everything, juggle their lives, overcome the odds in conventional and unconventional ways, and solve mysteries. To some extent, they are superwomen. Luckily, we know they are fictional characters.
Can you match the traits listed above with the characters listed below?
Were you able to match the characters to their traits? Who are your favorite female series characters?