Male and female readers alike, love a kickass babe. Women associate with them, feel empowered by them, men are attracted to them.
In my Blogovella; Into the Firelands, I have a number of badass babes and love everyone of them. So, I thought I’d quickly run through a character study, of my two leading ladies, in the hope you can take away some ideas when developing kickass characters.
Character Study: Melisande Flamestouch
Flamestouch, one of the protagonists in Into the Firelands, and was written for the sole purpose of adding a really kickass woman to my [ever growing] list of characters. Melisande started out as a regular village girl, but after a cheeky night out she wound up imprisoned. This changed her goals in life, as well as her personality. There are a few elements that I believe make her appear confident and strong… Oh yeah, and she is “watched by the fire god Unos” and can use magic!
Confidence in self: Melisande’s mind is always going. She is calculating, but not villainous. Her thoughts are well organised, and she has a strong moral compass.
D.I.Y. Attitude: Flamestouch is pretty punk-rock in this respect. If she can do something herself, she will. She doesn’t try to manipulate people, and bend them to her will. She doesn’t need too.
Adaptive: Melisande is petite. Barely 5’5”, and weighing sixyt kilos and she is a mercenary – a scene populated mostly big men – so has taken on different fighting styles. When she engages in battle she always has to think of how she will out-smart and out-perform her attacker, because unless her assailant is very small (which does happen), she can’t win on strength alone.
Character Study: Lorena
Lorena is Melisande’s bodyguard and companion. They met during the story Whoremonger of Havenby and have been at each other’s side ever since. She is very different to Melisande, in a lot of respects, but still has strength.
Hard Lady: The best way to describe Lorena really is hard. She talks bluntly and orders people around. She is, to most, a little less endearing than Flamestouch because of this, but it makes her strong.
Swords-woman: Unlike Melisande, who has magic on her side, Lorena is left with only her wits and skill with a blade to handle combat. She is skillful, as she lacks the blunt strength of men.
Sexy: Lorena started her life adult life as a Slave Whore of Havenby, and so, she is very comfortable with sex and men. She takes delight in tormenting the men she is surrounded by, because she flirts outrageously, but has a short fuse and prone to killing people who rub her the wrong way (that was not a pun).
These are the two characters that inspired this article. What do you think? How do you feel about tough female characters in fiction?
Thanks for reading,