Naomi's immortality is nullified, making her vulnerable to the ones who consider her their conquest. If she wasn't already walking over the hot coals of misfortune she would be obsessed with the next ambush. The shadow vaccine is hell in a syringe, the antidote turning Naomi’s blood into a lethal elixir, rendering her toxic to all vampires, including Damian.
Archangel Michael reveals a long buried secret of her heritage and cautions Naomi against personally triggering the apocalypse. If Lucifer discovers just how unique she is, death at his hands will become her most appealing escape.
Creating an outstanding female character (damsel in distress or kickass heroine)
First, and foremost, thank you to Mythical Books for hosting this guest post on my Tigress tour stop and for providing an intriguing topic for me to address.
Creating an outstanding female character requires a unique balance between kick-ass and vulnerability. This is true of any character, really, because without the vulnerable side, you’ve got a hero no one can relate to who just hits everything head on with all the subtlety of a linebacker.
In Night Hawk and Tigress, Naomi is the more emotionally stable character of the two main characters and she barrels through things with the fearless recklessness of youth. She’s smart and once she commits, she goes all in.
Creating her was an absolute blast. I did not want her to play the victim, even though her circumstances put her in that role. I think she has a lot of the qualities most women would like to have, especially the ability to hit things head on, although her impulsiveness does present issues.
I also think any outstanding character has to be human, to make mistakes and have to live with the consequences of their actions. They don’t always make the smartest decisions and in fiction, they need to take risks that perhaps you and I would never dream of.
Any really great character learns from their mistakes and grows. Their base personality traits and idiosyncrasies are consistent, but their reactions to what’s thrown at them needs to adjust with time and experience.
Now a question for your audience...
Who is your favorite outstanding female character in fiction?
Selling your soul has never been so charming and Mark throws in a little something to sweeten the pot, his girlfriend Naomi.
Sentenced to death at the hands of a demon, Naomi Hawk has a firsthand lesson in despair and betrayal in Mark’s deal for fame with all the trimmings. Deep in the clutches of the underground brotherhood, Naomi's light is coveted for the Master's gain.
When she slips and falls eighty stories from a precarious ledge, Naomi resigns herself to the inevitable impact and death by shattered bones.
Before she can escape her demons in eternal slumber, something sinister plucks her from the plummet, stealing her out of the night to sacrifice her forever to the shadows.
Imprisoned in bottomless darkness, Naomi thirsts for justice…and revenge.
About the author:
J.E. Taylor is a writer, a publisher, an editor, a manuscript formatter, a mother, a wife and a business analyst, not necessarily in that order. She first sat down to seriously write in February of 2007 after her daughter asked:
“Mom, if you could do anything, what would you do?”
From that moment on, she hasn’t looked back and now her writing resume includes a more than a dozen published novels along with several short stories on the virtual shelves including a few within eXcessica anthologies.
In addition to being co-owner of Novel Concept Publishing (www.novelconceptpublishing), Ms. Taylor also moonlights as a Senior Editor of Allegory (www.allegoryezine.com), an online venue for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. She has been known to edit a book or two and also offers her services judging writing contests for various RWA chapters.
She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children and during the summer months enjoys her weekends on the shore in southern Maine.