Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Strong Women and Strong Female Characters

Strong women never get any sympathy. Ever notice that? Who do strong women go to when they feel like whining? Hey, it’s tough wearing the weight of the world on our shoulders. Maybe that’s what blogs are for.  J

Seriously, I never considered myself a strong woman, and yet family members and friends tell me I possess that quality. I’m someone they don’t have to worry about – which is good and bad, I guess. Good because I’m not a burden but bad because I get ignored when I do need a shoulder to cry on. And let’s be honest; we all need a shoulder from time to time.

Personally, I constantly remind myself to run to the Lord when I feel like crumbling like an old brick. Whenever I try to carry emotional loads, whether my own or others’, they’re too heavy to bear. If I try to share them with family members or friends, they’re blown away. I believe this is one way God keeps me dependent on Him.

And so it was with this paradox in mind that I set out to create Valerie, (Unwilling Warrior), Sarah, (Uncertain Heart, Renna (Unexpected Love) and Bethany and Annetta (Undaunted Faith) I wanted to show their strength and determination while illustrating their weaknesses as well. For instance, Sarah McCabe longs to assert her independence and yet she’s completely dependent on others. The contradiction between self and her situation gets Sarah into all kinds of mishaps and forces her to bravely search her heart and become the woman God wants her to be.

Uncertain Heart contains some amusing scenes which I believe readers will enjoy and yet the book’s theme of whether to marry for love or money is always a winsome one. It’s the second book in my Seasons of Redemption series from Realms Fiction.

So what do you think? Do you like to read about strong women in novels or do you prefer characters who are meek and vulnerable?


Beth Shriver said...

I tend to like strong women characters but there have been a couple of stories when they grew courage along the way and those were empowering as well.

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Sometimes we need to have a weak woman somewhere in a story. Those are the characters who are the hardest for me to write.

Digging for Pearls said...

I like strong women characters....totally opposite of me! :)

Jodie Wolfe

Martha W. Rogers said...

I also tend to have independent woman who are feisty and sometimes stubborn as heroines, strong doesn't always mean courageous and they can fears that make them vulnerable. People I'm strong because I've overcome so many obstacles in life. I am strong but the only reason for that is a Savior who never lets me go through any valley alone.

Jillian Kent said...

Strong women with hidden vulnerabilities.