by Jay Kristoff
Ok, confession time:
I am not a 16 year-old girl.
Shocking, I know, but honestly, the facial hair is a dead giveaway.
The thing is, the protagonist of my book IS a 16 year-old girl, and having never been a girl, teenaged or otherwise, some might rightly ask “Well, how on earth did you write one convincingly?”
I won’t lie – it’s difficult. But is it any harder than writing a convincing 532 year old vampire? Or 20-something fighter pilot who blows things up in spaaaace? Or any of the other bazillion things in this world that I’m not and never will be?
Not really, no. The most successful series of modern times was written by a woman, starring a teenaged male protagonist. Creating well-rounded, believable characters is a challenge for all writers. However, I’ve discovered there are things you can do to help you step outside your chromosomal boundaries. So in the spirit of giving, and in the hopes that you’ll all say “Well, that Jay Kristoff is a lovely man, and his book sounds frackin’ awesome”, I present them to you now:
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