I loved writing this character because she’s actually a woman of color (not that I like that general term much, mind you, but that’s a different can of worms). With her African roots and as the child of mixed-race parents, I envision Marie as somewhat exotic compared to ‘regular’ heroines. But it’s her character that I love most. She’s sassy but kind, quiet yet cheerful. Once she gets out of her shell, she’s a riot. It’s easy to see how and why Prince Christian falls for her. I wanted Marie to be strong and independent but also have a vulnerable edge and be a bit overwhelmed by everything. I admire her courage in the face of secrecy, media scandals and a strict queen as a mother-in-law who doesn’t think too highly of her.
I think the title says it all… Olivia, who’s an actual princess already when the story begins, has a stubborn streak. It was huge fun matching her with Prince Sebastian who’s just as mule-headed. Both of them are also full of energy and really smart, and sparks fly whenever they meet. I loved writing Princess Olivia because she’s so full of determination and willpower. I could never do what she does, handle all the crisis and chaos so well and try to save the kingdom while falling in love for the first time. She’s one of the toughest heroines I’ve written so far but discovers a softer side to herself because of Sebastian.
She’s another one of my heroines who I’d love to be friends with in real life. Maybe because she loves animals so much and works at an animal shelter although the pay could be better. Or maybe also because she’s a cautious yet inherently kind person, caught somewhere in the middle between being an introvert and an extrovert. She’s the one always taking care of everyone, so it’s a change for her to have Prince Erik want to take care of her now. She falls in love with him and discovers a new side to herself without losing her true self along the way. And she’s strong enough to handle the kidnapping and all the other challenges that life throws her way.
If you’d ask me to choose a favourite, I couldn’t. I love all three of these special women, as well as all other heroines of mine. In a way, each and every one of them carries a tiny bit of myself (or even more) inside her, and of all the wonderful women I’m blessed to call my friends.
HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY!