“Isn’t it time to acknowledge the ugly side? I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally … Continue reading Where Have All the Villainesses Gone?
As a general rule, it’s a bad idea for authors to respond to their critics. There have been enough real world examples in the past year alone that prove it’s rarely, if ever, a good idea. [Insert big fat HOWEVER] A few times now — well, three to be exact — someone has told me that Episode One of THE MINUS FACTION was great and generally a … Continue reading In Which I Break My Own Advice and Respond to a Critic (or three)