“Jessica, the lead character, is a strong-willed female so it’s not a traditional detective story with an ageing bloke.”
The above is from the article this post is linked to (see here). The article, about a young first-time author, caught my eye not only because of the success this young man is finding by taking things into his own hands--and succeeding but also because he identified something lacking in a lot of popular fiction in certain genres. It's something I've spotted as well and hope to rectify.
Both fiction title series that I'm working on with co-writers (Serpentauria and Mirabella) have strong female characters that lead the stories.)
In Mirabella, it's the title character. Mirabella is a 13-year old girl trying to figure out a centuries old puzzle that leads to the Five Keys to prevent the coming of a new Dark Age and chaos for our world. Unlike Sara she doesn't know much about her family and that mystery unravels as she deals with those who want to stop her and her friends.
In Serpentauria it's Sara. She's a 12-year old, young girl Indiana Jones type... with an 800-year old legacy to live up to and a lot of unknowns about her ancestors that are both empowering and become frightening.
These young girls face social and personal challenges as well--the same things that almost all girls do. In the stories we wrap compelling powerful messages about dealing with them and the importance of strength of character and integrity.
I'm excited at the potential for these two series.