Female Protagonists: Kicking Butt and Taking Names
We all love a good, strong hero in our stories. But what about the strong heroines?
When I was a kid, I loved reading books that featured a brave female protagonist that wasn’t afraid to stand up to the bad guys – and I still do! But I didn’t just like to read about female protagonists who were tough for the sake of being tough. I liked to read about girls I could relate to, but who were brave enough to face things I could only dream of. (This is one of the reasons I loved Hermione from Harry Potter.)
I think it’s important for books written for any age – children to adult – to feature strong female characters, but I think it’s especially important that books written for children feature brave girls in the main cast. When I was that age, I loved it when I found a book with a tough female character I could relate to, and I couldn’t get enough of books like that. So I wrote my own.
When I was 10 years old, I came up with the idea for a story about a sassy, brave 10-year-old tiger Princess named Saderia. In the story, Saderia strives to search for clues about how her royal parents disappeared ten years ago, facing plenty of dangers and adventures along the way. When I was 12, I wrote the final draft of this story, which I went on to publish at the age of 13. The story is called The Tiger Princess, and it is the first book in my fantasy adventure series written for ages 8-12, of which there are now five books – The Tiger Princess, Dash, Hunted Home, Enchanted Home, and Rock Bottom. (The Tiger Princess is also currently free on Amazon for the Kindle if you’d like to check it out!)
Saderia is a brave character that I would have loved to read about – and did love to write about - when I was younger. She’s a curious tomboy with a penchant for trouble and a thirst for adventure. She’s unafraid to speak her mind and brave enough to face great dangers in her quest to solve the mystery of her missing parents, but she’s also relatable. She has her own insecurities about herself even as a princess. Despite her strength, she feels as though she can’t be herself, but she also strives to face her fears and do what’s right. My hope is that girls who read The Tiger Princess can relate to Saderia and cheer her on in her adventures – the way I did for my favorite book characters.
Thank you for hosting me on your blog, Jenai, and thanks to everyone for reading and checking out The Tiger Princess. If you love reading stories with brave girl characters, let me know and tell me about some of your favorite characters. I’d love some new reading suggestions!
About the author:
Sarah Renée has loved writing from an early age. She has been writing short stories since the age of 4, and at the age of 10, she came up with the idea for The Tiger Princess. She wrote the novel when she was 12. She is fascinated with wild animals and the wild world outside her home, and has an obvious great love of tigers. She enjoys spending time with her cats, reading, drawing, and playing her violin when she is not writing. In her free time, she is constantly daydreaming about her many characters, creating new ones, and coming up with interesting adventure story ideas. She is now 17 years old.
Visit Sarah Renée’s website at www.thetigerprincess.com or her blog at http://www.thetigerprincess.com/blogsnews.html to learn more about Sarah Renée, her books, and more! You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
The Tiger Princess
by Sarah Renée
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Tiger Print Books (October 14, 2009)
About the book:
Ten years ago, a devastating fire took the lives of Queen Karenisha and King Makero, leaving a young Princess Saderia orphaned.
Nobody knows how the fire started, but it ignited quickly. Too quickly.
In ten years, the truth has never been discovered...
Saderia is a curious 10-year-old tiger Princess. Her Aunt Cia and Uncle Jash have taken over the duties of Queen and King and have raised Saderia since her parents disappeared in a mysterious fire. Saderia’s aunt and uncle don’t understand the sassy, adventurous tiger, which she resents.
At night, though, Saderia is haunted by dark nightmares about the fire - eerie, cryptic dreams that push her to start investigating her parents’ disappearance. As she uncovers strange clues, she soon becomes desperate to know the truth. Could her parents have been murdered? On a quest to uncover the truth about her parents’ disappearance, she soon realizes her forest has many other mysteries when she discovers a dangerous, ancient royal secret regarding her oldest ancestors - a secret that will change not only her life, but the lives of everyone around her.
Saderia doesn’t know who or what to trust, but she is desperate to uncover the secrets of the past. She will do whatever it takes to find the truth.