Today we're joined by author Regina Kyle, whose Triple Threat is out today! Triple Threat's heroine, Holly, is a playwright, and she's finally gotten her chance to write a play that will show on Broadway. Regina is here to talk about authors as romance heroines, and what makes these ladies have all the Write Stuff. Thanks, Regina!
We talk a lot about hero professions. Millionaire vs. cowboy. Firefighter or movie star. Sports hero or military man. But what about the heroines? I mean, they gotta do something other than stand around looking pretty, right?
In Triple Threat, my heroine, Holly, is a writer, a playwright, to be specific. Why did I choose a playwright as a heroine? Well, because I’m a writer, duh. It’s easy (or at least easier) for me to get in the mind of someone with the same profession. And I’m a theater geek, so making her a playwright as opposed to, say, a writer of dystopian steampunk novels seemed natural for me.
But over and above the obvious reasons why I chose to write about a writer, there’s something about author heroines that makes them appealing. They’re smart. And quick-witted. And oh, so imaginative. They can be mousy and reclusive, hiding behind their laptops like Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone, or take-charge and confident.
Romance writers are popular as heroines. Take Piper in Robin Covington’s Playing the Part. She’s hired to help Mick Blackwell, the hero in the film adaptation of her latest novel, nail the emotionally charged love scenes. She’s lost her writing mojo since her famous fiancé cheated on her, leading to a very public meltdown. It’s an interesting take on writer’s block, seeing Piper get her groove back by working with Mick, both on and off screen.
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