Kristan Higgins
Kristan Higgins

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Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to be here and would like to thank Kristan for inviting me.

So onto my topic! Should size really matter?

When I first began writing my Perfect Fit series featuring plus-size heroines, I had no clue how strongly I would relate to these fictional women. As a child, I was short but never skinny. In my teen years, I had never been what someone would call slender. As a divorced adult in my mid-twenties, I’d held a brief stint as the confident “it” girl who walked into the bar and sent all the guys’ tongues wagging, even though I wasn’t thin by definition in my size twelve jeans. Now, as an adult who’s carried two oversized baby boys in her stomach (seriously, my last one was a whopping twelve pounds!), I’m basically what some people would refer to as…

Excuse me for using the F word here. Fat.

faceshotBut who really gets to decide what an unacceptable weight for a person truly is? Society? Hollywood? Ben & Jerry?

Life is too short to NOT love ourselves for having someone else’s version of a less-than-ideal body type. Not only is it a harmful way of thinking, but sometimes we just have to give ourselves a freaking break. Be vulnerable. Be imperfect. None of that makes us worth less.

In Size Matters, my heroine feels very negatively about her weight, but then she’s had her mother nagging her about it her entire life. However, she’s lucky to have her best friend, a curvaceous woman who is rocking it!

There will always be someone out there willing to say something negative about us. But no amount of body-shaming should ever make us feel bad about ourselves. One day, society will catch up to us and see past our size to what makes us special.

In fact, they’re already starting to.

This year alone, there have been some great strides in that direction. Like back in February, when Sports Illustrated made history by featuring plus-size model Ashley Graham on its cover. The purple and orange bikini showed off all of her voluptuous curves, and I can’t imagine a single person out there, especially a man, glancing at that photo and not thinking that she looked sexy.

Not surprisingly, romance novels – written by and for women – have made perhaps the most progress in this area. No longer is every heroine a blond, virginal, size two princess. There are plenty of examples of BBW novels, and BBW authors too! 😉

cover300pixelsAnd although I’m happy to report that Hollywood has begun to showcase curvier women in more prominent film and television roles too, I sometimes, as a viewer, still feel let down by the industry standards. Maybe it’s just my skewed perception, but oftentimes these plus-size women are largely shown in roles that feature them as the frumpy, sometimes witty, housewife. Or the sarcastic, man-hating best friend who can’t seem to get a date. Or the jilted ex-wife who was left behind for a slender, younger version of herself.

It seems to me that these plus-size actresses are rarely depicted as the kick-butt heroine of an exciting new action-adventure movie. Or why can’t they be the hero’s love interest in an upcoming big-screen romantic comedy. Thank goodness for Bridget Jones! But why can’t we have more of these realistic heroines? Why aren’t they being made?

So my question to you is…

What kind of television or film role would you like to see a curvier girl featured in as the heroine of the story?

 Everyone who comments will be entered into a drawing for a signed print copy of my upcoming release, Size Matters! This giveaway is open internationally and closes in 48 hours.

Check back on Sunday to see if you’re a winner!

Blurb:

 Size Matters (A Perfect Fit, #1)

The rules of (fake) engagement…

Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she’s sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren’t enough éclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper – or the fact that he just told her mother that they’re engaged…which is a big, fat lie.

Sam sometimes speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah’s date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancée! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay “just friends,” and make Leah’s family loathe him enough to call the whole thing off. But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah’s decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren’t going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he’s for real…before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.

Author Links:

Website: http://authoralisonbliss.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/AuthorAlisonBliss

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AlisonBliss2

Buy Links:

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31 thoughts on “Please welcome Alison Bliss!

  1. Laney4 says:

    Clothes designer for all sizes. Perhaps she started sewing her own clothes out of necessity (or boredom) in high school and it just took off from there (so to speak, LOL).

    1. Alison Bliss says:

      That’s a great one! Definitely something I would watch.

  2. Dawn A says:

    Melissa McCarthy has made great strides for female driven comedies, but I’d love to see her as a romantic lead. She should’ve gotten to kiss either Jude Law or Jason Statham in Spy!

    1. Alison Bliss says:

      I absolutely agree! She needs a love interest role. The woman is gorgeous…and has a fabulous clothing line. 😉

  3. Renee Brass says:

    i would love to see a curvier girl as a lead in a romcom and get the guy at the end!

    1. Alison Bliss says:

      Same here, Renee! Who says a woman has to be a size two for the hero to fall in love with her?

  4. Sandi in OH says:

    I would love to see a curvier lady in any starring role where she can be smart, witty, the heroine, and get the guy. A romantic lead would be wonderful in any television of movie role.

    1. Alison Bliss says:

      I agree. I think any role featuring a plus-size woman with brains, beauty, and curves would be great, but I’d love to see her get the guy too.

  5. Pearl says:

    A role as a successful entrepreneur. Your post was wonderful.

    1. Alison Bliss says:

      Thank you so much, Pearl. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed reading my post. And what a perfect answer to my question. In Size Matters, my heroine runs a successful bakery and it’s one of the things the hero loves about her – she’s ambitious.

  6. Ruth says:

    I am so inspired with your beautiful thoughts. A curvier woman who is an inspiration to girls in a movie which is realistic and sincere.

    1. Alison Bliss says:

      Thank you, Ruth! I agree. I hope the Hollywood gods are eavesdropping on us right now. We need more diverse role models when it comes to women and their body types. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Anne says:

    A meaningful role where she has an important message to impart and is to be admired.

    1. Alison Bliss says:

      Terrific point, Anne! There are so many plus-sized actresses who are hired on as the comedic relief, but I think to see one in a more meaningful role would be beneficial to women everywhere.

  8. Angela Harris says:

    I would like to see a curvier woman as a super hero. I love shows like arrow, the flash, super girl, Agents of shield. It would be awesome to see a curvier woman like myself kicking butt and taking names!

    1. Alison Bliss says:

      Yes, Angela! THIS! It needs to happen. Thanks so much for stopping by, lady! It’s so great to see you here. 🙂

  9. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

    Thanks for stopping by. I love your cover! I would like to see women of all shapes and sizes featured much more prominently everywhere. I have a young daughter, and I already feel like I’m fighting against the media images of what a girl/woman is supposed to look like.

    1. Alison Bliss says:

      Thanks so much for having me, Shana. I’m thrilled to be here! Even though I have two young boys, I feel like I’m doing exactly the same as you. I want both of my sons to have a healthy, body-positive attitude toward women and what makes them beautiful.

  10. Pat Harrell says:

    There is a show on TV right now that has the best big girl character I have seen in along time. This Is Us is the name of the show,if you haven’t checked it out, you should.
    I would like to see more characters in TV roles that show that big girls live big happy life’s.
    I would like to see a kick ass detective story.

    1. Alison Bliss says:

      Hey, Pat! I haven’t been able to watch This Is Us yet due to some conflicts in my schedule, but it’s recorded on my DVR and calling my name. I was so excited to see a plus-size woman in a love interest role! We definitely need more of those kind of stories. And I love the awesome detective idea.

  11. Rochelle says:

    Love the premise for your book.

    I would love to see the curvier girl be the lead in a rom-com and not just as the best friend. I have been watching This Is Us and the plus size character has a great story arc and is believable.

    1. Alison Bliss says:

      Thank you, Rochelle! I’m a total rom-com girl myself so I second your choice. And I’m soooo going to have to catch up to you on This Is Us! It’s sitting on my DVR waiting for me to watch it. Can’t wait!

  12. Karlene Barger says:

    I’d like to see a plus size lady running her own detective agency with a cute guy or two working for/with her. The show should be part drama, part comedy but well written and clever.

    1. Alison Bliss says:

      Oh, I love this. Great idea, Karlene! This sounds like something I would absolutely watch.

  13. Donna E H Durnell says:

    I’m with Karlene — I’d like to see a plus-size woman as a PI, having her own agency, and dealing with more than tailing cheating spouses. Perhaps she needs to solve an embezzling case [I like numbers], with maybe a murder thrown in. She needs a romantic interest also — the police detective?

    1. Alison Bliss says:

      I love this! A curvy PI heroine with witty humor and brains to boot? Yes, please! The police detective wouldn’t stand a chance. 🙂

  14. Kathryn in Montreal says:

    I would like to see a curvy Bond girl…. And I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the TV series Drop Dead Diva

    1. Alison Bliss says:

      Oh, now this is interesting, Kathryn! I’m liking the idea of a curvy Bond girl. I’ve never seen Drop Dead Diva, but I’m going to look it up. I’m intrigued.

  15. Charlene Whitehouse says:

    I would love to see a curvy women be a Miss USA Winner. Because size should not matter as far as I am concerned.

    1. Alison Bliss says:

      I agree, Charlene! Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

  16. Alison Bliss says:

    Hello, everyone! I just realized we didn’t announce the winner for this giveaway. I’m so sorry! Sandi in OH, you are the winner of the signed print copy of Size Matters! Please send me an email at authoralisonbliss@hotmail.com to claim your prize. Thank you!

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