Hello! I’m Diane
Alberts (but I also write as Jen McLaughlin), and I am
to be here today! I have a new book out with Entangled Publishing (Entangled
Brazen), and it’s the second book in my Shillings Agency series. The first book
was TEMPORARILY YOURS,
which I also blogged about a few months ago! I’m thrilled to be back, and
talking about the second book in the series (which is loosely tied with FALLING FOR THE GROOMSMAN,
which came out in June).
So, when I first starting writing my newest release, STEALING HIS HEART, I knew
one thing right off the bat. My heroine would not be a simpering heroine, nor
would she be completely legal. In fact, she’s a thief. To top it off, she’s
actually a modern day Robin Hood, with a dash of Sherlock in her for good measure.
I knew, right away, that an obstacle I would face is making her thieving
something that a reader could accept. Because it’s a lot harder to accept flaws
in our heroines than it is in our heroes. With our heroes, all they have to do
is say one charming phrase here, a scorching kiss there, and we’re hooked.
So how could I make her a thief, a strong willed heroine, and yet still have
people like her? Well, I opted for a silly side of her paired with an undying
desire to help the hero become himself again. I’m hoping that when she plays
pranks on him to try to get him to laugh (there are stickers and dating sites
and fear of heights, to name a few!), we see that while she’d who she is—and
makes no excuses for that—she’s also a kind, loving person who really wants best
for her man.
Do you, as a reader, find it harder to accept flaws in a heroine than it is in a
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