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Thu
Apr 27 2017 1:00pm

Loving the Unlikable: My Favorite Female Characters

Creating an unlikeable but compelling character is perhaps one of the most difficult components of crafting fiction. How do you hit that sweet spot of unlikability without turning the audience off them? 

Read an excerpt from Marianne Delacourt's Too Sharp!

As with any well-developed character, revealing their motivation is usually the key. We all know that cardboard baddies are boring and hard to invest in; whereas, conflicted, driven, flawed, gnarly characters can be so endlessly fascinating. Heck, we can even empathize with them on some level. Think of Dexter or Hannibal Lector or Walter White.

Those guys spring immediately to mind, don’t they? 

And there’s the rub: the unlikable characters who we love to hate are more often male. You should check out some of the many opinion pieces written about why that’s the case. (It doesn’t take much of a Google to find them.)

So, today I’m celebrating a few of my favorite unlikable female characters in film and fiction. Women who I can’t look away from and who have taught me something. 

[See which female badasses made the list!]

Sun
Mar 26 2017 1:00pm
Excerpt

Too Sharp: New Excerpt

Marianne Delacourt

Too Sharp by Marianne Delacourt is the 3rd book in the Tara Sharp series. 

Tara Sharp’s new case brings her to Brisbane, where she is placed in charge of Slim Sledge, a high-maintenance rock star. Tara’s a sucker for a backstage pass, and it'll provide some much-needed distance between herself and her mother's not-so-subtle hints about getting a “real” job, not to mention crime lord Johnny Viaspa, the only man on the planet who wants her dead.

She expected the music industry to be cut-throat, but Tara soon uncovers more problems than just Slim Sledge's demands and his rabid fans. Everywhere she turns, the grudges run deeper and the danger ramps up.

Has Tara finally pushed her luck too far?

[Read an excerpt from Too Sharp...]

Thu
Jan 26 2017 4:30pm

Top Female Crime and Mystery Authors

Crime and mystery fiction’s diversity attracts a broad readership. For instance, I prefer the soft stuff and am attracted to the puzzle rather than grizzly details, while many of my friends enjoy peeled skin and body parts. Knowing that, it seems immensely impertinent for me to try to compile a “best of” list on my own. So, I engaged my online community in search of a random (objectively subjective!) sampling. And the thing that struck me from the almost two hundred replies I received was that crime readers love—and more often remember—the author and the main character in a series rather than specific titles.

So, what began as a list of the Top Ten Crime and Mystery Novels by Women, evolved into a Top Ten Female Crime and Mystery Authors. Of course, who knows what “Top” means exactly? Most popular? Most well-marketed? Most enduring? Most engaging? Most well-written? All of the preceding? The accurate description, I suppose, would be to say that this is a list of crime and mystery authors that my friends and colleagues most appreciate. And I do acknowledge there may be a slight survey bias towards Australian writers, seeing as a lot of my online community are Australian. But of course, that’s not a bad thing, is it?!

[See who made the list!]