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ham545454577999Okay…Okay…this has nothing to do with love heart jerseys. This is the launch of


girl friday

or maybe I should say….girlfruhana new, regular…I won’t say weekly, I will play it by ear…feature where a spesh author drops by to answer questions on her , sumexy, her daring, her…(ta dah, FANFARE) imagesDDZ02K5U8


heroine.  Oh come on,  we get enough of the sumexy guys don’t we. It’s time to sound it for the galz. DO we write them good or bad? How do we create them? Which do we prefer and why?

Before we kick off though with the first grilling  so happy to be here she’s battering on the door screaming let me out  dancing on the ceiling guest, can I draw some attention to two fabulous writer things? FANFARE…please the Dook.


One is a fabulous interview by Nancy Cassidy, Managing Editor of my publisher, Etopia Press. She shares some great inside tips re submitting to publishers. https://duotrope.com/interview.aspx?id=5235


The second is http://ce.savvyauthors.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&pageId=697 a tough Publisher’s Blueprint Plotting Event Coming June 16-22 with Savvy authors.

Okay enough writer’s stuff, let’s hear it for the galz. Specifically for my first guest, the intrepid, the daring. INCY BLACK.

               Are your heroines nice or, well, you know?images7bwywuf36666


Oh, definitely ‘well, you know’. Life’s a bitch, and though my heroines are not—bitches, that is, the hard knocks have given them…uhem…character. With the number of crisis they have to face, and the hard bastards with whom they have to contend, being nice wouldn’t cut it. They’d go hoopy-loopy mental.


    In a word, or maybe ten, how would you describe them?images346349


In a word, marmite—your either love them or you hate them. Smart-mouthed and ballsy are in there, so is damaged (though the hero has the superglue to mend them).In other words, they’re trouble.

Why do you choose to write heroines who are ‘trouble’?imagesSL9PWZEI8


I don’t choose them, they choose me. I prefer to mind my own business, but then bam, up pop these never-take-no-for-an-answer woman, mouths full of caustic soda, minds wicked with mischief and naughtiness, all demanding I find them, not a man…THE MAN.

     What kind of hero do you match them up to?  images4h3icna42


Fast answer: Superglue carrying, sometimes foul mouthed, hard bastards. Because two wrong ‘uns make a right…though admittedly it can take a while (and a good few dead bodies) to get them there.

Considered answer: (see fast answer)

A line from the book to describe your current heroine, Anna Key Marshall, Hard to Hold.

She’d driven him insane most of the time, but fuck, it had been worth every single dangerous second.





Her favourite line or motto?


Motto: Fall down 7 times, stand up 8 (talking life here, not alcohol)

Tips on creating a believable ‘bad’ girl heroine?girlfruhanii


  • Good or bad, write her like you love her…or no one else will.
  • Make her thin, fat, buxom or flat, armless, legless, one-eyed if you wish. Holy or evil, super-gorgeous or pox-riddled, hot, cold, chaste or dirty, saint or sinner. Fanged,untitled1

tailed, furred or scaled, colour her bright blue for all I care, but please, please, please give her half a brain. In other words, avoid the TSTL (Too stupid to live) sinkhole.

Flaw her—no no, not floor her, imagesV92JWG6T

though the hero should want to—flaw her! Give her faults, little things to tease the reader and make them wonder at the ‘appropriateness’ of her as a heroine. Then let her fly, full colours snapping in the wind—because no one like a limp flag, no matter how glorious.

OKAY Fellahs..you can take off the hair bows now….HardToHold

‘Anna Key Marshall is about to get what she’s always wanted: a baby. Granted, it’s through a sperm donor instead of her ex-husband, but you can’t have everything. She has no idea why someone wants her dead, but she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her unborn child—even if it means turning to her ex, the Black Ops specialist who broke her heart.

Five years ago, British Intelligence agent Nick Marshall slammed the door on the woman who betrayed him. But now Anna’s back in his life with a vengeance, pregnant and full of attitude. He’d like nothing better than to walk away, but with her life on the line, he has no choice but to do what he does best—protect her at all costs.

As old wounds resurface, Nick begins to doubt his version of what went down with Anna so long ago. And he begins to believe they might have a second chance together. But with Anna’s would-be killer on the loose—it will take the full force and fury of his protective instincts, fueled by a powerful love he can’t leave behind, to hold on to the woman he still loves.


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