Thursday, November 15, 2012

What Makes a Kick Ass Heroine? by Vivi Anna

What Makes a Kick Ass Heroine?

Most of the time when people talk about ‘kick-ass’ characters, they are talking in the literal sense. A character that can physically kick someone’s ass.  So we think that character must be physically strong, maybe can do some martial arts, can handle a gun and a knife, can take a beating and still punch the crap out of someone. But I also think that ‘kick-ass’ characters have other qualities.
1.       Fierce loyalty
2.       Intelligence
3.       Strong character
4.       Courage
5.       Self-effacing

In my book Vanquished, Kat is all these things plus can physically beat the crap out of someone, and handle a gun and knife, wears leather and drives a motorcycle.  She’s also physically scarred and is flawed in many ways. She makes mistakes, but she learns from them. And although she’s got a lot of pride, she does know when to ask for help, albeit reluctantly.

She is definitely one of my most favorite characters I’ve created and she’s been with me for a long time.   And I plan to write more adventures for her.  You can find her next up in INFERNO, coming December 1, 2012.

My Favorite Kick Ass Heroines
Katniss Everdeen – Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Saba – Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Lisbeth Salander – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Rachel Morgan – the Hollow series by Kim Harrison
Chess Putnam – Unholy Ghost, etc. series by Stacia Kane
Gin Blanco – Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep
Penryn – Angelfall by Susan Ee
Elizabeth Bennett – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Hermione Granger – Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Arya Stark – A Song of Fire and Ice by George RR Martin

About the Author:

Vivi Anna is an award winning, Canadian multi-published author in paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and scifi with close to 19 books and novellas for Harlequin and others.

Vivi is the current president of CARWA and also a co-founder of the popular #TVwriterchat on twitter. She’s also an aspiring screen/TV writer. You can find her at, or procrastinating on twitter at

1 comment:

Thanks for leaving a comment! :) I love reading each one.