Nov 5, 2015

Top 10 Traits of the Perfect Heroine by @AOwenBooks

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Top 10 Traits of the Perfect Heroine

Hundreds (maybe thousands by now) of books read. Working on the 10th book I’ve written with many more short stories under my belt. I would say I’ve formed a pretty good idea of what traits my perfect heroine would possess. Are there more than these 10? Sure. But these are the most important ones for me:


I do love a spunky heroine who’s not afraid to speak her mind, throw down a little sass, or show the men who’s the boss. A good snarky line here and there are also great.


Even if they’re still figuring life out, a confident woman (or person for that matter) is sexy and someone I can invest in.

Not Stupid

There’s a difference between being smart and being not stupid. Not stupid includes things like not running off half-baked, not splitting up, and not trying to be the only hero.


I’m not a huge fan of someone who let’s others dictate or do for them constantly. I’m not saying don’t ask for help. I’m saying take care of your business.


I don’t want perfect. I can’t relate to perfect. I can relate to tries hard and does her best but is still human after all.

Secret Softy

While confident and independent is sexy, it can also be lonely and are often the traits of a perfect villain. A heroine needs to have a softer side – she loves kids, wants to help others, can’t hurt others, needs the love of a good man, and so forth.


Someone who holds grudges is just plain annoying. People are human and no one is perfect. I’m not saying let’s forgive the really bad stuff. But walk in other’s shoes and see it from their side, yes.


You know she’ll keep her promises and won’t give her word lightly. Even heroines with a wobbly moral compass are redeemable if they are trustworthy – a tricky combo, but doable.


I care about people who have the capacity to care about others. Loyalty to friends or family is a trait I admire greatly, so my perfect heroine would have it in spades.


An inner strength is key for my perfect heroine. She needs to be able to draw strength from herself to get through whatever obstacles she must.

Interestingly, most of these would translate to my perfect hero as well, with a few others kicked in. How about you? Anything to add to the list?

Award-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe. 

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by obtaining a degree in English Rhetoric/Technical Writing. However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

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The Svatura Series
Publication Date: October 2015
Genre: Paranormal 

One will come out of hiding to protect others like her from a similar fate. One will find her path to leadership after being released from a hellish prison. One will try to start a new life only to discover that her path lies where it always has. And one will feel a loss so terrible that only oblivion can stop the pain. 

Individually they are strong. But together these sisters of the heart are a force before whom even their most powerful enemies will tremble. However, that may not be enough. Is power or love the key to their salvation? 

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