Thanks so much for having me here today!
I don’t really believe that anyone is ever all good or all bad. I think we all have a little of both in us, though we probably lean more toward one side. It just takes the right situation to make that hidden side come out 😉 Being able to explore different aspects of a person’s personality is one of the things I love about writing.
My heroines all tend to be on the feisty side, but when it comes to being a good girl or bad girl, they run on both ends of the spectrum. For instance, in my first book, To Trust a Thief, my heroine Minuette is definitely a good girl. Well, she’s trying very hard to be. She had a bit of an unusual upbringing for a Victorian lady and spent the first part of her life running a little wild on a small tropical island. Trying to fit in with all the prim and proper Victorian ladies is a bit of a struggle for her, but she does try.
Her love interest Bryant, on the other hand, falls very much in the bad boy category. He’s a master jewel thief who works for a really nasty piece of work. However, Bryant has a good side to him, and meeting Min draws that out.
Now Cilla, the heroine from my newest book A Bandit’s Stolen Heart, is…well, a bandit. Which would put her a little more on the bad girl side. She’s a tough-as-nails, no-nonsense girl who spends her days running a horse ranch with her sisters, and her nights as a Robin Hood-esque bandit who robs the corrupt to help those in need. Life for those left behind in her tiny mining town once the Gold Rush dried up is tough, and Cilla is determined to do all she can to help those she cares for survive. She has a softer, nicer side, but she tries very hard not to let it out too often.
Until she meets her love interest, Leo. Leo is a kind, noble, city-bred cowboy who finds the adventurous side of Cilla fun. He’d never had the opportunity to be bad, not that he would have chosen to be anyway. But he believes in Cilla’s cause and he’s as determined as she to make sure those he cares for, specifically Cilla, are protected. He seems to get under Cilla’s skin and draws out the good, nice girl she could have been had life been a bit kinder to her.
It’s always fun to explore how characters will react in different situations, see which aspects of their personalities will emerge, watch them change and grow. You never know which good girl will sprout devil horns or which bad girl will suddenly find her halo 😉
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Romance and non-fiction author Michelle McLean spent 98% of her formative years with her nose in a book indulging in her love of reading and research. Expanding that love into writing was inevitable. Michelle has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and tends to be a bit of an organized mess with an insatiable love of books and more weird quirks than you can shake a stick at.
She is the author of the historical romances To Trust a Thief and the Blood Blade Sisters trilogy, the zombie fairy tale retelling Wish Upon a Star, the non-fiction Homework Helpers: Essays and Term Papers, and several upcoming historical, paranormal, and contemporary romances. She is also a contributor on The Naked Hero, Operation Awesome, and Scene 13 blogs as well as maintaining her personal blog. If she’s not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. Michelle resides in PA with her husband and two young children, an insanely hyper dog, and two very spoiled cats.