What makes a strong heroine? Author Sara C. Roethle shares her view on it (hint: it doesn't have to include superpowers). So let's talk about Sara's main character, Madeline, from her fantasy novel Bitter Ashes.
Author Interview: Sara C. Roethle
Tell us about your book in the Daughters of Destiny box set. Who is the heroine, and what is she like?
Madeline, the heroine of Bitter Ashes, starts out as a bit of a recluse. She’s an empath, but has also managed to accidentally “steal” a few lives (we learn about that later). She starts about a bit timid, but as events progress we learn she is one strong, badass, denizen of death.
What went into creating her, and how does she interact with the other characters around her?
It’s hard to say what really went into creating her. She turned out far different than I had planned. She was supposed to be a little nicer than my heroines from previous books, but I’ve since learned I’m incapable of writing without a bit of snark. Madeline plays nice and leads with her heart until she’s pushed too far, then everyone better watch out.
Do you believe it’s easier to write a female main character rather than a male one? Why?
I actually don’t think that’s the case. When I first started writing I thought I’d only be able to write a woman’s viewpoint, but this series, and others, male POVs have snuck in. I actually really enjoy writing from a male POV, though I prefer stories that center around a female character.
What would you define as a “strong heroine”?
I think a strong heroine is anyone that can stand up for herself and others. She doesn’t have to be a fighter, or have crazy powers…it’s more of a personality trait. It’s the ability to face your fears and do what’s right, no matter what.
Name some of your personal female heroes (real or fictional).
Oooh, this is a tough one. Probably Anais Nin for starters. I’ve always admired how utterly raw and honest her work is. She refused to be shoved into the box of how a woman should think or act. Another one would be Frida Kahlo. I guess I just like women who aren’t afraid to be different, and who express themselves to the fullest extent.
Where can readers find out more about you? Give us the details!
My poorly managed website can be found at: . I don’t update it often, but I do try to answer any emails sent through the contact form!
Thank you, Sara! Readers, you'll get to meet Madeline and nine other incredible female heroes in the Daughters of Destiny boxed set. Release date is March 2017, so keep up with us on Facebook and be among the first to be notified!