by Jan Grape
I also think I can write a fairly good representation of a male character. Mainly because I had two boys and I had a husband for almost 40 years who was a great teacher about men and how they think.
Of course, I'm not an expert because I have never been a man. I did mention good maybe not great.
However, through the years of reading I have run across writers who I think are able to write strong and excellent characters who happen to be of the opposite sex.
I have to agree in part because I know Susan is a woman, but she does write a very realistic male.
On the other side, John Lutz writes very realistic women characters. They are strong, independent and certainly never depend on a male to rescue them.
Robert B. Parker also wrote strong women. He often got into philosophical discussions with women leaving them surprised.
Best-selling author Michael Connelly has written a new book, THE LATE SHOW, featuring Detective Renee Ballard. This is a female character he fully intends to be a series character.
A woman detective working in a job that is predominately male has to be better than her male co-workers in order to gain respect. She must be fierce.
I think this is true and yet to make a female character more realistic she should show a little vulnerability. Unless your plan is to have her be a bitch. Personally, I think Connelly has done a fine job with Detective Ballard.
Viva la difference.