When we started writing The Body Hunters we wanted to create a believable heroine and one you could easily imagine as your best friend. Out the window went the whiny damsel in distress archetype, who can't think without a male present or the weak female being dominated and controlled by the male 'hero'. Our girl is strong, confident, and smart. She can ask for help, but she can definitely handle things on her own if need be.
When we conjured her up within the depths of our imaginations, we kept in mind those butt kicking females from movies and literature. With me personally I thought of Ripley from the Alien series, who happens to be my favorite fictional heroine. Danielle or Danny has a gift, which she uses to help people who've been wronged. She's independent, feisty, and doesn't dumb herself down to fit in with the crowd or current trends. She's also got somewhat of a rebellious streak and likes to do her own thing regardless of what anyone has to say on the matter.
Along with those good traits, Danny is deeply flawed. The girl has issues to say the least and she's far from perfect. She's scarred both on the outside and on the inside, like a lot of real people. As our series continues, we'll start to pull back the layers to reveal who she really is and why she behaves the way she does. I don't see her dysfunctional qualities as imperfections, but something that makes this character all the more human and believable. She's a fun character to write, so hopefully you'll enjoy her as much as we do.