On having a female protagonist
A couple of my favorite books you’ve never heard of are James Strickland’s “Looking Glass” and “Irreconcilable Differences”. And while we’re mentioning esoteric cyberpunk authors, I also appreciate Marc Giller’s “Hammerjack” and “Prodigal”. Aside from the fact both those authors were completely gracious to a newb writer, their novels feature strong female leads. Something I appreciate and am emulating to some degree in Clar1ty Wars. Seeb, the street-smart Iranian woman who fenced the black market Clar1ty shipment is in the center of this vulgar little brawl that’s spilling out into the streets, and I want her to be a tough but captivating character.
As a male writer, the challenge is to avoid rendering her as some androgynous drone, or worse, a man with boobs. I need info on how/where to get intelligent advice on creating a distinctly strong, female lead. Any input would help. Thanks.