Is this even possible in Modern Heat? Having a heroine who is not sassy? Is not quick with the comeback? Does not give the hero what-for at every given opportunity?
This, friends, is my conundrum. Having left the Frenchman to stew quietly in his own juices (don’t go there) for a wee while, the time has come to revisit my nearly-there manuscript. The manuscript that might have been a winner if its author hadn’t fell at the last hurdle and botched the revisions. Sigh. Anyway, the heroine in this manuscript is non-sassy. She is a stammerer. A stutterer. She’s nervous, ungainly and finds herself completely out of her depth with the hero. So is she a Modern Heat heroine? Well, thing is, the eds liked her the first time round. They thought she was lovely. Which means the answer I’m hoping for is yes. Yes she is!
The problem with the ms the first time round was lack of believable conflict. This time round – now I have a much better idea about what I’m doing – I think I’ve got her conflict right. But she’s still nervous and stammery. Still doesn’t know what to say or what to do when she meets the hero. However the one thing she has got, that the hero needs, is honesty. She’s unflinchingly, unfailingly honest. About herself and she certainly pulls no punches when it comes to being honest with him. Good thing too because the hero has been lying to himself for a long time and needs her honesty in order realise it.
In many ways, she is my favourite heroine. I think probably because she’s the first one I actually connected with while I was writing it. She was so nervous, I really felt for her. And yet she wasn’t scared to tell him what a coward he was being later on so she wasn’t a doormat by any stretch. She was different – there are lots of sassys out there but not so many stammeries!
Anyway, I’m tossing up between my non-sassy software developer or my extremely sassy protester. Usually what I do is choose the one with the closest love scene – yes, I’m shallow like that. 🙂 In this instance, since both love scenes happen in the first few chapters (at least, that’s my plot. Could change I guess) I’m spoilt for choice!
Has anyone else written a heroine who is a bit different? If so, how did you find it? Was it hard?