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What is it about strong women in fiction?

I’ve always admired strong women. When I was a kid, Lara Croft was my hero. I used to dress up and run around the streets playing Tomb Raider with water pistols. I also loved Xena warrior princess and was a huge fan of the series.

I guess I wanted to be kick-ass like they were, to overcome any adversary and be fearless in the face of danger.

I love reading about strong women in fiction. I admire them and wish to have their characteristics. I write about strong women in my fiction.

But what is it that makes a woman strong? Apart from Bad-ass moves?

I read an interesting article on strong women by Natalie Whipple. She says there are many ways a woman can be strong, and women shouldn’t be rammed into the pigeon hole of ‘strong’ to be classed as a good character. I also agree with this point she raises – ‘what is more interesting than writing about a “weak” character becoming “strong”?’

I love to write about strong women but I also like to write about real women, not super heroes like Lara and Xena. I write about women with fears and doubts who struggle to do the right thing despite them and become stronger for it.

What about you? Which female characters do you admire? What type of people do you enjoy writing about?