My favourite fictional heroines: Guest post by YA author, Louise Nicks
Welcome Louise Nicks, YA author of ‘Soren: The Angel & The Prize Fighter‘. Thank you for being here.
My Favourite Fictional Heroines
The way JK Rowling wrote females cemented my love of the Harry Potter series. In all of their guises, from wallflower to know-it-all to mother hen to loveable oddball to grade-a villain, each female shared the same characteristic: strength. Whether that was a quiet, unassuming strength or a power that could raise the roof, snap wands, and thwart killing curses, the females in Harry Potter held their own. Strength is a quality I hanker for in all fictional heroines, and it’s the backbone of each featured below. From girls who fight a silent battle to save their loved ones, to those who slay dragons because they know it’s their destiny to do so even when everyone else says “No”, these heroines are strong enough to never give up on their dreams. That’s a worthy lesson because if we did give up, what magic would be left?
Aerin ‘Dragon Killer’
The quiet rebel, Aerin from The Hero and The Crown (Robin McKinley) will always have a special place in my heart. Demonstrating remarkable levels of self-belief, courage and endurance, Aerin manifested her destiny in an extraordinary way to become a dragon slayer. Finally becoming what she could always feel burning bright inside, even when her family and those at court (her dad is the king) didn’t believe in her, was such a powerful book moment. Aerin taught me that it doesn’t matter how big your dream, or how unattainable your destiny seems, we each have the power to get what we want – to become the person we are meant to be – if only we believe.
Lyra ‘Silvertongue’ Belacqua
Unruly, stubborn, deceitful and reckless, Lyra isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but admiration is due for the perilous journey she undertakes to fulfil her destiny in His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman). Lyra is a superb example of how a character grows throughout a series yet still holds on to those fiery sparks that were her calling cards to begin with. For all of her more prickly traits, she is also resourceful, quick-witted and fearless. Her scowl is legend and I love how she kept pushing herself to the max throughout her journey, making difficult choices to reach that bittersweet ending.
Many of the female characters in Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) were strong in their own ways, especially gentle, selfless Beth. Jo stood out the most for me because of how she flew in the face of what women were supposed to act, think and dress like at the time. Intelligent and talented, though incredibly hot-headed, Jo was a breath of fresh air amongst all the flouncy dresses and white glove fanning. A writer who took the gargantuan step of moving out of her beloved family home to pursue a career in New York City, Jo was gutsy and learned from her mistakes to build the future she wanted.
The main character in Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series, Cammie ‘the chameleon’ is another heroine was makes mistakes then recognises the lessons learned. Attending a prestigious spy school run by her accomplished mother, Cammie has a lot to deal with: living up to her mother’s respected spy reputation, juggling intense studies with friends and a secret boyfriend, and figuring out who she is independent of all that. In the beginning Cammie practises the art of blending in to become almost invisible (figuratively speaking). Her character develops over time so that not only is Cammie unafraid to be seen, she also has the understanding to attain her dreams and make herself proud.
The great thing about writing my own book is that I can create female characters who I would love to read about. My favourite from Soren is Beau. A tough teen who has encountered much heartbreak in her life, she turns to illegal prize fighting to raise money to buy the only drug that can keep her terminally ill mother alive. Beau is hot-headed, like Jo March, and is also learning how to control her anger. Courageous and compassionate yet often vulnerable and confused, it’s joyful to write a character who has issues coupled with bags of inner strength and an innate drive to overcome.
Louise Nicks is the author of Soren: The Angel & The Prize Fighter, to be released as an ebook on June 16, 2014, via Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks, Kobo and other platforms.
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Louise Nicks is a UK based debut author writing paranormal fantasy romance with a strong adventure twist. Her debut novel, Soren: The Angel & The Prize Fighter (to be released June 16, 2014), is book one in a planned series. Louise is also a short story writer and is currently working on a collection of teen paranormal stories called The Crypt (a tie-in with Soren), which will be released this autumn. When not writing YA fiction, Louise works (under a different name) as a freelance music journalist, features writer and online editor. Since starting her own music fanzine in her teens, she has been lucky enough to interview artists such as Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Slash, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Newton Faulkner, Biffy Clyro and many more. Aside from hopefully one day being able to make a living full time from books, Louise’s dream is to interview her favourite band AC/DC. An ardent charity supporter, Louise has taken part in many petitions and campaigns for human rights, animal welfare, and the preservation of the natural world, and continues to do so.
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Soren: The Angel & The Prize Fighter synopsis
‘The world has never been an easy place for impoverished teen Beau Tolson, but from the moment her sick mother is given months to live, Beau’s life takes an extraordinary turn. In order to buy the only drug that can now keep her beloved mother alive, 16 year old martial arts champion Beau resorts to illegal prize fighting at East London’s most notorious underworld lair. But that’s only the beginning of her troubles. When some of her closest friends start acting weird, and a mystifying new boy turns up outside the school gates, Beau is told a life-changing secret…That not only are some of her friends angels, but that she is going to become an angel too. It isn’t long before she finds herself torn between the divine and this world; between her responsibilities and the colossal destiny that awaits. Little do any of them know that a sect of ex-angels have also come to Earth, planning on kidnapping Beau for the very same reasons the angels want her: to fulfill a prophecy that involves this world and theirs, and who will rule it all until the end of time.’