Fatal Distraction, like the rest of my books, is about strong women who never, never, never give up until they triumph over life using their inherent gifts – and sometimes, humor and an equalizer. Jess Kimball and Helen Sullivan don’t have to bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan, but they know how to handle themselves. They don’t wait on the train tracks to be rescued. Rather, they choose what to do and how to do it, for themselves and those they love.
If they had a theme song, it would be Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping. Here’s a refresher, just in case you’ve forgotten the lyrics:
Strong women live in our real worlds, but too often they don’t realize how strong they really are. Too often, real women allow themselves to believe they are the weaker sex. Too often, real women wait for rescue instead of commanding their own fate. Sometimes, it’s because we don’t know how to take charge and succeed. But sometimes, we’re just too afraid to try. That’s when we crank up the Tubthumping!
I don’t know about you, but as much as I have fun at comic book movies, if I saw any of these characters hanging around my town, I’d head in the opposite direction and hope the men in white coats were on the way. Right?
Would you put your fate in the hands of a giant green dude who is sartorially challenged and grunts? Or a guy who hides his best toys in caves and needs help getting dressed? Or one who spins spider webs from his hands and feet? Um, no.
Because I’m never going to be that big hulking dude, and I can’t wait for him to rescue me when I get into trouble. Nor do I want to hide in a cave or flash a beacon in the sky while I wait for rescue. And the whole spider thing just creeps me out. I don’t like bugs and spiders and snakes!
Research tells us that when we’re lost in a good book, our brains react the same as if we were physically experiencing the story. What I want to experience is real women who find the strength to prevail over the inevitable setbacks in life. Because I want to do that and I want the real women in my real world to do that, too. Don’t you?
As Willa Carson says, “You never see the bullet that gets you.” In life, we get knocked down. But we get up again. They’re never gonna keep us down! (Now where did I put that Wonder Woman costume?)
What do you think? Do you enjoy reading realistically strong women in your reads? Or do you prefer the Laura Croft type?