Girls Kick Butt by Sierra Dean
Now that I can honestly say I’m living my dream, one of the questions I’m most commonly asked by fans and bloggers is: who are your biggest inspirations? It’s a big question, because I know I’m inspired on a daily basis by the people or things around me. Anything, even the most mundane activity, can become rich, fertile fodder for the author’s brain.
But all the same, we all have inspiration in the form of other authors. Those who enchanted and enthralled us at a young age into understanding the power of the written word.
McCaffrey isn’t the only example that springs to mind. In my mid-grade years, I was obsessed with O.R. Melling’s The Hunter’s Moon. It’s the story of a young lady who is forced on a solitary journey across Ireland to save her cousin, who has been kidnapped by fairies. It showcases a brave, intelligent young woman, and I devoured it, reading the book once or twice a year in my teens.
So when someone asks me where my inspiration comes from next time, I may have to take a bit longer to think. My inspiration comes from smart, clever girls like Hermione Granger. It comes from strong-willed, independent women like Elizabeth Bennett. I will forever find inspiration in women like Eowyn, for felling the Witch King when no man could, or in Princess Leia for risking it all to save the man she loved.
I am so grateful as a little girl I found Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books, or O.R. Melling’s fantastic worlds. I’m equally grateful that J.K. Rowling will provide the same inspiration for a whole new generation of littler girls. Yes, it’s okay to be smarter than the boys. You’re allowed to be better. And yes, it’s okay for a girl to be the one who saves the day.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the inspiration of these phenomenal women. And all I can hope is that maybe, someday, some girl will pick up one of my books and realize that tough, sassy women are amazing, and maybe that same girl will decide she wants to write about these awesome ladies too.
The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters / Something Secret This Way Comes / Secret Santa
Good luck! :-)