Monday, July 29, 2013

What Would Scarlett Do?

By: Josie Brown


My very first novel obsession was with the book, Gone with the Wind. In hindsight, I now realize that Margaret Mitchell’s all-time bestseller put me on the path to writing romantic suspense. 

In so many ways, the heroine of my Housewife Assassin series, Donna Stone, is very much Scarlett. Here’s how:

Scarlett Trait #1:  She is put on the path of a world-changing heroine’s journey. 

In Scarlett’s case, it is the War Between the States. For Donna, it’s the war on terrorism. (Granted, I allow Donna to handle it with more humor than Ms. Mitchell gave Scarlett;)

Scarlet Trait #2: In the course of the story, the heroine’s innocence is lost. 

For Scarlett, that means retaliation for what she interprets as a jilting, by marrying the man she feels will hurt her one true love. In my series, Donna loses her husband. At the same time, she discovers he wasn’t who he said he was.

Scarlet Trait #3: Throughout the book, she is faced with life-threatening challenges.

Scarlett must deliver a baby while evacuating a burning town. She must also ward off a deserter bent on robbing and raping her, and figure out how to keep her family home from being auctioned off. My heroine, Donna, avenges her husband’s death by becoming an assassin, which puts her in danger with each and every mission.

Scarlet Trait #4: There is a cute meet with her leading man, to whom she is exasperated by, and sexually drawn to. 

The man bent on winning Scarlett’s heart is one of fiction’s most celebrated heroes, Rhett Butler. The spy who loves my Donna, Jack Craig, could give James Bond a run for his money—make that for his life.

How about you? Can you name another heroine who fits the “What Would Scarlett Do” test?
-Josie Brown

Look for Book 5 of The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook Series, Vacation to Die For, in bookstores August 2013!

Start the series for FREE with Book #1 

1 comment:

  1. I can't think of a book that have the Scarlett's test. I know I have read a book or two that refer to Scarlett. I need to ponder a little bit more.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


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