As I was thinking about a topic for this blog post, I realized something. I talk a lot about heroes. I write a lot about heroes, about what makes a hero, how a hero expresses his love, why I have a little bit of extra adoration in my heart for a certain hero (George of Gone Too Deep).
But why, I asked myself, am I neglecting the heroines? I didn’t in the books. In my Search and Rescue series, I wrote each one almost exclusively from the heroine’s point of view, even when that was difficult (ahem…I’m looking at you, Daisy). The women were able to express their feelings and their motivations and their experiences directly, while readers got to know the heroes through the heroines’ eyes. My female characters also did a fair amount of ass-kicking, saving the heroes just as many times—if not more—than they themselves were saved.
Therefore, I decided it’s time to talk about the heroines. One of my favorite things about the Search and Rescue series is how the characters, especially those with less than ideal upbringings, create new families, “adopting” other first responders as an honorary sibling or parent or occasional weird uncle. The four female main characters—Lou, Rory, Ellie and Daisy—form bonds with each other, becoming good friends. By the end of the series, they’re almost like sisters.
The inspiration for these friendships between heroines comes from my own childhood. I grew up with many sisters. Some (me) might even call it a horde of sisters. Since we moved a lot when I was young, my sisters were also my best friends. We played games like “Hide and Ghost Eek!” (hide and seek in the dark basement) and “Little Louse on the Hairy” (a skit spoofing “Little House on the Prairie”), fought and made-up and laughed and shared and fought some more. I even forgave a certain sister for writing “The Pig Katie” on every single toy building block we had…and there were a lot of blocks. The importance of strong female friendships was cemented in me before I even started junior high.
Although it’s easy to get caught up in the heroes (I mean…abs), it’s good to chat about the absolute fabulousness that a strong heroine brings to the story, and how that fabulousness grows exponentially when women support each other. After all, a happily ever after requires great friends along with a hero. Ask any kick-ass heroine.
When she’s not writing, Katie Ruggle rides horses, shoots guns, and travels to warm places where she can SCUBA dive. Graduating from the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. While she still misses her off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains, she now lives in Rochester, Minnesota near her family.