Today we're joined by Lia Riley, whose Inside Out is out today! Inside Out is the conclusion to Lia's Off the Map series, where the heroine travels from California to Australia and ends up meeting the love of her life. Of course it's not as easy as that—especially since Lia's heroine, Talia, isn't the usual type of heroine. In writing Talia, Lia created an unconventional heroine, which is what she's talking about today. Thanks, Lia!
It’s kind of a given that all (okay, MOST) romance readers adore a tortured hero. There’s something appealing about a man with flaws, qualities that render him more human and interesting. But spare a thought for the flawed, unconventional heroines. Man, oh, man, that’s got to be one of the toughest gigs in literature.
Why is there still a double standard? Why can a hero get away with bad behavior, or act like a straight-up jerk face, while a heroine is criticized for the same qualities? These are questions that have honestly kept me awake at night. Where are the female equivalents of Mr. Rochester or Christian Grey? We don’t even have to go that far. I don’t know about you, but I’m far from perfect. I can be kind of an... ass. Or thoughtless. Or careless. Or opinionated. Or grumpy. But I’d like to think I’m someone you’d generally wish well and hope to succeed.