CELEBRATING HEROINES by Joan Ramirez

SOURCE: May 2017 Romance Writers of America—New York City Chapter newsletter

Wonder WomanWhat makes a strong heroine?    It’s only my opinion, but I think a strong heroine is one who, like a tree in a storm, knows how to bend with the wind and remain standing after it passes. No matter what happens in her life, particularly with the matters of the heart, she moves forward with her life.

How can a heroine evolve?   A heroine should move from being co-dependent on her partner and wishy washy to a strong woman who knows what she wants in life and how to achieve her goals, both personal and professional.

What attracts us to the strong heroine?   We admire her courage in the face of adversity and cheer her on through same. We also worry that she will achieve her goals. Men find strong heroines sexy because they are not shrinking violets who cling to a man’s arm. They know how to make a man feel like a man without being needy.

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