Raise your hand if you like needy, dependent types. Any takers? I didn't think so. Ironically, we are drawn to those who are independent and don't "need" us, aren't we? We usually want to be a part of an independent person's life, don't we?
Well, it's the same thing when it comes to book characters. Think about the characters we are most drawn to in the books we read. Do we like the pathetic leech who won't go away, or do we like the Wraths and Frodos of the literary world? We cheer for the independent hero, don't we? We want to be him or her, or we want to be their friend. But we want nothing to do with the hovering life-suckers who simply won't go away. As an author, I have to keep that in mind and give that type of character to my readers.
I write about strong alpha males and feisty females, all of whom run the gamut of being moderately to fiercely independent. I received a ton of compliments on my female protagonist, Samantha Garrett, in my debut novel, Rise of the Fallen, for this very reason. Readers said they liked that she was tough but feminine and that she didn't fall into the stereotype of a female character being weaker than (and dependent on) her male counterpart. They liked that she had a bit of bad-ass in her and carried a Beretta (and knew how to use it). They liked that she didn't take any shit from Micah (the male protagonist) and dished out as much as she took. Sam is a spunky, smart, strong-minded, and independent character, and it showed on the page. She doesn't need Micah to define who she is. She stands just fine on her own. But the two of them together are just POW! awesome! They set the pages on fire with their verbal sparring and sassy give-and-take, and she makes a perfect compliment to Alpha-dominant Micah.
Feel free to check out my books sometime, but in the meantime, hop around and enter to win some prizes from all us independently-minded blog hoppers. And for those suffering in drought this Fourth of July, stay safe and keep the fireworks for a later time. It's not worth the fire hazard, as those in Colorado and Utah can attest to right now.
A $10 Amazon gift card and free copy of my ebook, Rise of the Fallen (if you already have Rise of the Fallen, I'll mark you down for a free copy of Micah's Calling when it comes out).
Contest starts Sunday, July 1, 2012, and ends Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at midnight.
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Another book about Micah!!! *sigh* anybody that follows your feeds knows how I feel about that. He is the most handsome,tender,touching tuff guy I ever read. Yes Sam, I am in love. But it is from a distance, so no problem lol. Another subject, I'm getting the shakes a little bit over this B&N thing with The Arms of Winter. Just so you know.ReplyDelete
LOL. Micah, Micah, Micah. :) We love our Micah around here. And don't worry, The Arms of Winter will be available soon.Delete
An Angel, Me & Demon sandwich! There would be nothing better ;)ReplyDelete
Rise of the Fallen sounds wonderfully exciting & right up my alley. Can't wait to read!
Definitely team demon!ReplyDelete
I like them both, but I prefer demons, especially those with a bit of a soft side. I particularly like Al from Kim Harrison's Hallows seriesReplyDelete
snhoveln AT gmail DOT com
i haven't read any of your books yet but they look good and i'd vote for team demonReplyDelete
I prefer angels. Just love those wings.ReplyDelete
Both. There is some angel & some demon in all of us. Why not enjoy both sides.ReplyDelete
Both. I like a bad boy, but I don't want anyone eating my organs. At the same time, someone that's a goody-goody all the time might get annoying real fast.ReplyDelete
HarperKingsley0.0 (at) gmail (dot) com
Fallen angel...I like a nice boy with a naughty side :)ReplyDelete
An angel because of their wings.ReplyDelete
Depends on the angel or demon. I'd be much more selective with my demons just to be careful, but I love angels cause of the wings. I think a winged fallen angel is just uber sexy.ReplyDelete
Snuggle with an angel.ReplyDelete
strive4bst at yahoo dot com
LOL. I'm such a ding-dong. I forgot to change the comment question on my rafflecopter insert, didn't I?ReplyDelete
I have fixed the rafflecopter question, but all comments will count. :) Sorry for the boo-boo.ReplyDelete
I think independence is the freedom to make ones own mistakes.ReplyDelete
Thanks for participating in the hop! Happy 4th!
OceanAkers @ aol.com
independance = freedom for me to be me (which ever me ;) I want to be at that time) & for you to be youReplyDelete
already read both AKM books & am looking forward to the next ones :)
Freedom to be myself, love who I want to love,and read what I want to read.ReplyDelete
Caity_mack@yahoo dot com
I haven't read your books but that is what I like about these hops, finding new (to me) authors.ReplyDelete
In a personal sense Independence means that I can make it on my own if I want or have to. In a broader sense I see it as being free to choose... whatever I choose! Thanks, MichelleReplyDelete
chellebee66 at gmail dot com
To me independence is being able to love where I choose, how I choose, and with whomever I choose.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much! I love watching the fireworks with the kids! They get so excited!!! Indendence means I get to have more rights than some women in other countriesReplyDelete
Independence means to me, our forefathers fought for us to have the freedoms we have today, freedom of speech, freedom of religion .ReplyDelete
It means I can disagree with my government without fear of being jailed. We can protest without fear.ReplyDelete
geishasmom73 at yahoo dot com
Independence means being self sufficient and having the freedom to rely on myself...or not.ReplyDelete
Everything! The ablility to make your own way in the world without fear is wonderful!ReplyDelete
Going to the lake for a cookout and swimming is one of my favorite things to do. Thanks for the contest!!!!ReplyDelete