Today we are pleased to welcome to the site Tessa Bailey, whose first Broke and Beautiful novel, Chase Me, just hit shelves and features a heroine with a very interesting day job. Of course, this just begged for a discussion about heroines in fascinating professions all across the genre. Thanks for joining us to share some of your favorites, Tessa!
Sniper, financial analyst, food critic, pool hustler. When creating a stand-out heroine, the possibilities truly are endless. Furthermore, a heroine’s profession gives insight into her character, before she’s even been introduced on the page. Perhaps the author will turn that preconceived notion on its head at some point, but in doing so they only lend more insight. Maybe as a reader, we thought we had that kindergarten teacher pegged, but she really dreams of opening her own rock climbing gym. Or perhaps, like my character Roxy Cumberland in Chase Me, your heroine is unemployed and has been reduced to delivering singing telegrams.
Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of meeting (reading) some heroines who move within very specific circles and I’ve listed some below that stood out to me in particular.
Glassblower (Born in Fire by Nora Roberts): As with any of Nora Robert’s books, you walk away with an understanding of the professions she gives her characters—the process, the drawbacks, etc. and this book is no different. Another Nora book that stood out to me in this regard is Chasing Fire, where the heroine is a smoke jumper in Missoula, Montana. Such a kickass character with the kind of convictions and bravery necessary in such a profession.