Spin away with young Autumn as she finds a seemingly innocuous gold necklace on her family’s farm and inadvertently uncovers her destiny as “The Keeper.” Autumn’s discovery of the necklace activates “The Window” and alerts both good and evil forces to her whereabouts. Autumn is pulled from everything she knows, and is tossed into a life of unknowns. Enigmatic enemies called Dehmons hunt her at every turn, and if captured the very world she lives in will fall into destruction. With the help of seven Searchers Autumn must learn to use the power she has been given before it is too late. Will she choose to follow the dangerous destiny thrust upon her? Will she be able to withstand the temptation of a relationship that could jeapordize everything? Most importantly, will Autumn be able to find the strength within herself to fight the dead-eyed evil Dehmon souls?
From an early age Miranda Brock has always loved fantasy and adventure everything. Since she doesn't live in a world of enchanting powers, mythical beasts, and things unbelievable she has decided to write about them. (Although, if you happen to see a dragon flying around, do tell her.) Born in southern Illinois, where she still resides with her husband and two children, she grew up running through the woods, playing in creeks, and riding horses. What started out as writing poetry grew into short stories and eventually led to her first novel, Souls Discovered. Miranda lives in the country where she finds inspiration in the simplicity and beauty around her. With the help of a ridiculous amount of coffee and some good music she writes whenever she gets a chance.
Guest Post - Miranda Brock on THE IMPERFECT HEROINE
The Imperfect Heroine
I love a good, strong heroine as much as the next person, the kind who stand up, don’t hold back and can kick some major butt. I believe that a strong heroine can provide great examples for girls and young women to look up to. Reading a book with a strong heroine is always inspiring but a problem arises when she is too perfect. A constantly brave, put-together, on-top-of-her-game heroine, to me, is unrealistic. Everybody has flaws and moments of misgivings. Your heroine is no exception.
I’m not saying not to have a strong heroine in your writing. Please, do! The damsel in distress has been so overdone and can be boring, besides. You should leave room for growth in your heroine. Give her challenges and obstacles. Doing so will make your heroine stronger and get her to the woman warrior you want her to be. Keep in mind that your amazing heroine still needs some imperfections. Is she a hard-core vampire slayer but has a fear of heights? Can she outrun every guy on the track team but has a bad habit of biting her nails? Even little flaws will make your heroine more realistic and relatable.
Don’t be afraid to start with a weak character. As I’ve mentioned, leave room for growth. In my novel, Souls Discovered, my heroine, Autumn, is just a normal seventeen-year-old. She’s never been in a fight, doesn’t have powers, and has definitely never faced a Dehmon intent on taking her life. However, she grows. Autumn has a stubborn streak, even in the beginning of the book. I used this to help her develop her strength. She learns to fight. She masters powers. She becomes a Dehmon-slaying warrior. Sure, she still has flaws but that makes her real.
An authentic character is important. Young women need to be able to relate. A courageous heroine is a great role model but the journey to that strength is just as inspiring.