Inspiration can strike anywhere. That was the case when I first started writing a few years ago. Mirror Image was my first book, a sci-fi romance, which came to me in a dream. Sounds corny, but it’s true. It took me on an adventure beyond my wildest… well, dreams. My tale about a scientist who finds out she’s a clone was very dear to my heart. It was a very emotional journey from start to finish.
But I knew I couldn’t write for them forever. One of the last things I would want would be for my readers, and myself for that matter, to get bored with my Mirror series. I took a step back and really examined my series and the sci-fi romance genre. I’m a huge fan of Joss Whedon. I shared a meme on Twitter one day that was a collage of women in his TV shows and movies with a quote of someone asking him, “Why do you write these strong female characters?” to which he laughed and responded, “Because you’re still asking me that question.” It really got me thinking. Although my two female protagonists, Mack and Maddie, were strong, independent women, I wanted to expand upon it.
Growing up, I had Princess Leia to look up to. Now there was a woman who knew how to handle a blaster, could negotiate a peace treaty, and was unquestionably a leader. I wanted to create a character that could embody those characteristics. I wanted a woman who was undoubtedly a badass without constantly saying she was. She would blow gender roles out of the water. My newest character would be someone to admire and respect, but with the feeling of danger is always in the back of the mind.
Ember Wilson is that and more. I described her recently as ‘a badass chick with a chip on her shoulder who loves sex.’ She knows what she wants and doesn’t let anything get in her way. Ember has a strong sense of self. She’s battle hardened with sharp edges, but she does have a good heart. She filled the page with her larger than life personality and attitude. When I set out to write Amethyst Chronicles, I wanted a series with limitless possibilities. I wanted to showcase her with a variety of supporting cast which could more than hold their own with her. I created a sandbox to play in. In the next installments of the chronicles, she will go through a major change, travel through time, face a notorious foe, and will have even her limits tested. Because let’s face it, every hero needs a challenge.
K.G. Stutts is the author of two sci-fi romance series as well as several romance stories. She has a degree in massage therapy. As a contributor to Independent Writers Association (IWA) her insights can be seen regularly there and on her own blog at kgstutts.blogspot.com and her website at kgstutts.com
When she’s not weaving words, she enjoys reading, playing RPGs, hockey, wrestling, and football, and is a big sci-fi nerd. Currently she resides in North Carolina, USA with her husband, Brad.
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I want to thank KG for visiting the blog today. I love those strong women characters, too! So what do you think about women’s roles in books? You know I love comments — especially for my guests! — and I enter them into my monthly drawing for an AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value). I announce a winner the first blog post of the new month!