I have been given the opportunity to review the new YA novel, Fearless, by Tawdra Kandle and since it's going to take me a little bit to get caught up on my reading I've asked Tawdra for a guest post about the novel. I'm excited to bring this post to you today!!
I don’t write weak women. It’s not something that I set out to do; it’s just the way things happen. I can’t stand simpering females who always rely on the men to do the saving, either in real life or in literature.
But I think we all have different definitions of strength. It’s cliché, sure, but we all know that in Gone With The Wind, despite Scarlet’s brazen and courageous acts, it’s actually Melanie—puny and sickly though she may be–who turns out to be the backbone of the extended family. A character doesn’t have to be hard or without feeling to be strong. Sometimes true strength is only found through deliberate weakness.
In my YA series, Tasmyn doesn’t start out as particularly brave or amazing. In her case, each time she transfers to a new school requires courage. Every day she chooses not to exploit her gift builds character. When she meets Michael and plunges into first love—well, that really demands every ounce of her strength. Love can be the biggest test of all.
That’s what I like about a series of books. It allows time for characters to develop naturally. At the beginning of Fearless, Tas might be a little timid, a little scared, but by the end of the last book, watch out. She’s going to end up a pretty tough chick. . .in her own, Tasmyn-like way.
Tawdra is a mother of five (four biological, one in-law) and a wife of one. She homeschools her two youngest children. Her passions are writing, reading and traveling. She loves to read anything by Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, Nora Roberts, Janet Evanovitch, Stephen King, Anne Perry, Julia Spencer-Fleming. FEARLESS is the first in a series of four young adult urban fiction books. The second in the series, BREATHLESS, is coming soon and you can read an excerpt on Tawdra's website!!