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My Rules for Writing Kick-Ass Heroines
By Christina “CEE BEE” Bauer
As part of the launch tour for my new book, Violins and Vampires, the lovely folks at Versatileer have asked me to post about any topic that catches my fancy. Now, I’ve now written dozens of books with strong heroines. So, for what it’s worth, here are my rules for writing kick-ass heroines…
Rule One. “Of course you realize, this means war.”
I also call this the Bugs Bunny Rule. If your character strikes first, then she is the bully. But, if your character is patient before defending herself? That’s something else. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Rule Two. You, me, we.
What’s interesting about writing about a couple (to me, anyway!) is how the you and me make a we. How are these two characters better together? And what’s a unique way to show how that we impact the world?
Rule Three. All that is strong does not carry weapons.
In my writing, characters don’t have to be a warrior in order to fight like hell. In fact, I like having some some folks fight with weapons beside others who battle via intellect or emotion.
Rule Four. Being an asshole is not a sign of strength.
Again, this really goes back to item number one. If a character mouths off at someone just for looking at them funny? Not okay.
Rule Five. No Whining.
If a character doesn’t like something, they need a scheme to fix it. At least, that’s my plan 🙂
So, there you have it: my rules for writing kick-ass heroines who aren’t a**holes. Thanks to Versatileer for having me here. I hope to visit again on a future book tour!
Now, back to my latest manuscript!
must pay her family’s massive debt to the mob… all while raising even more money to save her
little sister. The result? Lexa’s trapped in a never-ending (and incredibly illegal) stakeout for the
Bratva. She barely has time for sleep, let alone find love.
Enter Caelin Vass, the handsome Scotsman who runs Empire Investments. Caelin offers
Lexa a new job with dollars galore, as well as a hot bod (that would be his own) to contemplate
every workday. Even so, Lexa isn’t sure she should take the gig. Freaky things keep happening
whenever Lexa and Caelin are together. Simply put, the energy between them is magical,
sensual, and way overwhelming. Lexa faces a big question: is she leaving her old prison just to
enter a worse one… or is Caelin Vass all he seems and more?
***12,000 word novella, previously published on Kindle Vella as Blood
Vampires of the Daemonverse Series
1. Violins and Vampires
2. Veils and Vampires
3. Vixens and Vampires
4. Valor and Vampires
Author Christina “CEE BEE” Bauer has sold more than 1M copies across her 45+ epic
fantasy books for young adults. She’s recorded (and narrated) eight of her books into
audiobooks, as well as led the translation of her novels into four different languages. USA Today
has called her work “must-read paranormal fantasy.” Bauer is an autism advocate and quirky
loudmouth whose writing style really isn’t for everyone. But if you like stories with complex
worlds inhabited by chicks who kick ass and take names, then read on!
Christina lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever,
Ruby. She loves to connect with her fans at ChristinaBauerAuthor.com.
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About the Author:
CEE BEE writes stories that blend epic fantasy, steamy romance, and lots of sass. If you want immersive tales that transport you to fresh worlds (and new book boyfriends) then you’ve come to the right author. To learn more about CEE BEE, please visit http://www.ceebeeauthor.com. Her new book, VIOLINS AND VAMPIRES, is available on Kindle Unlimited.
CEE BEE also writes young adult fare under the name Christina Bauer. Check out Christina’s books at http://www.christinabauerauthor.com. There’s a literal sh*t ton of them.