Writing strong female characters

At the recent Bouchercon, a convention for mystery authors and fans, a panel of women writers considered the question of strong female characters. Even the phrase “strong female characters” raised some controversy, as the women felt that it was a bit of a put-down; after all, you never hear of “strong men characters.”

The authors spoke about their own protagonists, and what went into creating them. Sara J. Henry, author of Learning to Swim, which went on to win three prestigious prizes, said she modeled her protagonist, Troy Chance, on herself. Troy, is a freelance journalist who has moved… Continue reading