I was grateful to have come across this video the other day as it explains the difficulty in finding young adult books with leading female characters.
It was poignant for me since the motivation for writing ‘Caysee Rides’ was born solely from my sister, mother of two daughters, who exclaimed, “Do you know how hard it is to find books with strong female characters?”
I didn’t set out to be a young adult children’s author, but the comment made an impression and the idea for the book sprouted, grew, and is now bearing fruit.
The story is a bit trite, I am aware of that. But I also know that there is nothing new under the sun. We only have a few story lines to choose from as writers, composers only have eight notes with which to work – such is the way of things. Yet we have the ability to infuse our own imagination into our work, thus demarcating it and setting it above others. I focused upon the subjects of freedom and friendship, and enjoyed the process of enabling two strong characters to form an eternal bond while pursuing the right to live their own lives.
I am proud of this story. I am proud that it fills a need in the market to have strong female characters and to have their voices heard. I am proud that it inspires others to stand their ground. I am proud that it exemplifies a young woman’s ability to be true to herself and enjoy her independence. Trite or not, the story serves it’s purpose and does what I set out to do: create a book with ‘Strong female characters.”
Here’s to more books with strong female characters.