Enjoying the Holidays here at Writing Pearls. We are just days away. I said I am taking a break, but I couldn’t leave you guys hanging! So Today we are joined by Deanna Dee author of The Games of Love Series, check it out here.
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Writing My Ideal Heroine
Girls have never been my strong suit. I hung out with mostly guys in school and always found girls a bit of a mystery. There was hair and makeup and talk about celebrity guy crushes. I had celebrity crushes, but the rest was lost on me. My hair looked fine in a ponytail, and makeup? Isn’t that stuff bad for your skin or something? Don’t get me wrong. There wasn’t (and still isn’t) anything wrong with hair and makeup. I just didn’t understand them (was even a little afraid of them. “Help? What do I do?”). I’ve gotten a little better, but not much.
It wasn’t until I reached college that girls started to make sense. You may be wondering if I underwent some kind of transformation. Hah, no. I’m still clueless. I simply got fortunate and met other similarly clueless girls. Like me, they felt more comfortable quoting Lord of the Rings or Star Wars than putting together a matching outfit. Surrounded by such people, I didn’t feel like a failure to my gender for the first time in my life.
When I sat down to write The Games of Love series, my college friends (plus many of the girls I met in grad school) acted as fuel for Molly, Lydia, Sonya, Dawn and others. The ladies in my books are, to put it simply, girl geeks. They enjoy pop culture as much as their male counterparts. They know just as many geek movie/TV references as their male counterparts, and they are just as good (or sometimes better) at gaming than their male counterparts. In short, my girls aren’t your typical romance heroines.
I’ve been asked many times “where did you get the idea for your books?” Each time, I gave a similar response. I wanted to write romances for girls like me. My leading ladies are often who are thought of as the quirky sidekicks or brainiac sisters in many other romance novels. They remind me of me and of the geeky female friends I’ve gathered over the years. They remind me of people I know who have been afraid they’d never find love because they didn’t understand the hair and the makeup. With The Games of Love, I wanted to send a message to those girls. Guess what, love is out there waiting. Personally, I found my geeky counterpart, and we’re living it up.
But I digress. Who are my ideal heroines? Well, they are girls who love being geeky. They are girls who enjoy gaming, pop culture, and comic conventions. They are young women who are bold and creative and not afraid to be different. Most of all, though, they are people. They are humans with fears and longings and wishes and hopes. They are girls who experience joy and sadness and anger and envy. Yeah, they can probably quote every episode of Star Trek or Firefly or whatever else from memory, but at the end of the day, they just want to be loved for who they are.