She is the heroine I’ve talked about least. She’s not England’s greatest jewel thief and she’s not Lady Fury. But I have had a few authors along talking about heroines on…..dare I mention–
Oh, all right then provided you behave. His Judas Bride was the first romance book I completed. I subbed it second because I thought it would be a hard sell. The stripped to the bone blurb looks like this.
What it doesn’t tell you is that the past haunting Kara McGurkie, the one she can’t escape from, that has forged her in granite, is five years in her father’s dungeon. That was the penalty for getting pregnant at the age of sixteen and ruining his plans to marry her to Callm McDunnagh, the then rightful heir to Lochalpin Glen. Plans which included murdering Callm’s wife.
What kind of heroines do I therefore write? Well, I write difficult ones. Heroines who are the product of their pasts, who will connive their way out of any given situation and hold to their goals regardless of the cost. In fact I write bad girls.
Of course I try to give them that grain of vulnerability.
“So much of her life had revolved around fear and shock, little paths of darkness she had managed to find her way along, to places where she’d managed to survive.
It had not broken her. Because the thing she had to care about was always there for her to see. No matter how dark the night.
To tell herself it was all gone, lost at Maisie’s croft door, that would be an act of unparalleled folly. She wasn’t going to, was she?” (copywrite Shehanne Moore. Etopia press.)
I also try to add the odd human flaw. Kara’s is her happy knack of messing things up, making her the kind of handful that piques a man like Callm’s interest from the start.
What kind of hero did I match Kara up to?
What? Apart from being drop dead gorgeous and sex on legs?
Ruthless as hell, the kind of man who won’t ‘let the rain into Lochalpin even on a wet day.’ A man who doesn’t hesitate to kill three people during the course of the story. A man who went to pieces when he lost the love of his life, who likes to think he won’t think twice about slitting Kara’s throat to save his clan.
But the thing is he’s also a man who does think twice where she’s concerned.