|Author Chris Karlsen|
When conversation turns toward strong women in books and other forms of entertainment, there seems to be a split. One group is made up of those ladies whose strength comes from power through political or financial influence and those who are deemed in the media as “kick ass” heroines. Recently, the more popular of the two has been the kick ass variety. They would be the Lara Crofts or Ilsa Faust the ally of Ethan Hunt in the latest IMF movie Rogue Nation. Both groups have made for interesting characters.
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What I try to have my heroines do is use the skillsets they have. I like to take ordinary women and put them in extraordinary circumstances and make them shine. I make them strong through their resourcefulness.
Electra and Emily Crippen, the two sisters from In Time For You, my latest historical romance, are torn through time and suddenly find themselves in medieval England. They recognize early on they need to adapt to the medieval world they’ve been thrown in and figure a way to contribute. This period in history was not a good time for women. The sisters are in a dangerous situation and cannot afford to put a foot wrong. Without giving away spoilers, I’ll just say I had them to use their skills, their common sense and their intellect.
With them it’s my way of saying that strength comes in many forms. I never wanted the sisters to give up. They had moments where they got close. They shed some tears once in a while, not often because I don’t like weepy heroines, but when push came to shove, they held kept it together. I hope the readers like that about them as much as I enjoyed giving them that gumption.
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