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Meet EVELYN Q. DARLING, Romance Reporter at Large, in her first blog today:
In the past, creating a job for a romantic heroine usually meant she was either a governess, a nurse, or in the early twentieth century, a â€œtypewriter,â€ better known as a secretary.
Take a letter, Miss Jonesâ€¦
To all writers of romance novels.
Dear Miss, Ms. or Madam:
It has come to this reporterâ€™s attention that several of you have veered away from writing about governesses in dark, gloomy manor houses and pert, red-cheeked nurses and turned to writing about heroines who carry guns, sport black leather and can take a man down in fifty seconds flat.
What happened to the days when all a heroine had to do to get her man was flutter her black lace fan and bat her soot-caked eyelashes? (Ample cleavage didnâ€™t hurt either.)
It was so much easier when all a writer had to worry about was how many flounces graced her heroineâ€™s gown or the number of hooks on a corset. (A heroineâ€™s age at marriage also determined the size of her waist: if she wed at 18, she aspired that her waist remained at 18 inches.)
And if all else failed, there was always the â€œsmartâ€ heroine who wrote novels, solved mysteries or planted her delicate boots on foreign soil and showed her moxie by becoming a globe-trotting adventuress.
Sigh. Ah, for the good ole days before our heroines decided they wanted equal rights between the sheets. And on the job.
Now to create the modern heroine, a romance writer has to know the difference between a Glock and a Sig Sauer (the latter sounds like a deli sandwich).
Be able to â€œstreet speakâ€ in urban fantasies, suck blood without smudging her lipstick in vampire thrillers and shape-shift into an exotic creature with all her parts intact.
So Iâ€™m asking all you romance writers to drop me a line and tell me what â€œdangerous professionsâ€ for a heroine youâ€™ve seen in recent novels or in a novel youâ€™re writing.
Whatâ€™s new for a heroine in the 21st century in the world of â€œ9 to 5â€ that you havenâ€™t seen or written about before?
Iâ€™ll be eagerly awaiting your answers.
Maybe we can start a new trend: Dangerous heroines in tight corsets and red high heels who live in an abandoned subway tunnel and belong to a secret society of lusty Victorian vampires who feed on handsome firefighters.