The Women of Urban Fantasy
There’s nothing quite like an Urban Fantasy heroine. She’s a butt-kicking, attitude-filled force to be reckoned with. One who usually has the weight of the world on her shoulders and a snarky attitude to boot. But there are a few heroines out there who are breaking the mold and keeping the genre fresh. Katherine Katt and Jacinda Valcheck are two of these characters who are leaving their unique mark on readers. Now the authors behind these leading ladies share a special look at their unusual heroines!
Katherine “Kitty” Katt, of The Alien series by Gini Koch
The Alien series follows Katherine “Kitty” Katt, the world’s best accidental badass, as she discovers first that the Roswell rumors are true -- with a twist -- and then not only learns that there are both good and bad aliens and lots of life on other planets, but gets involved in the fight to protect this planet. As the series goes on, there's more than just parasitic aliens to deal with, as well as more secrets and conspiracies to discover and disrupt.
Kitty comes from a pretty normal background -- her parents are happily married, she has a great relationship with them, has a good job as a marketing manager, and has a lot of friends, both male and female. She’s not an angsty person in any way. Kitty's an out-of-the-box thinker, to the point where she might not even know there IS a box, and, as she discovers, she's got the background and genetics to handle more than even she thinks she can. She's never met a problem she won't face head on, usually with a rockin' soundtrack and some everyday item she digs out of her overstuffed purse. Her ideas don't always work, at least, not as originally planned, but she'll just keep on trying until the bad guys are defeated.
What I think makes Kitty different is that she's really a regular gal who steps up to become extraordinary because the situation demands it of someone and, well, she's there. Kitty's never waited for anyone to save her -- she was raised to save herself and anyone else around. She's never been a shrinking violet, but she discovers the heroine within when she's unexpectedly faced with evil and horror. She's also mouthy, smart, a little over-confident, and while she's fully aware of how sneaky people can be, when it comes to romance and particularly romantic signals and innuendos, she's about the densest girl on the planet. Kitty's flawed, but in a normal person way, which makes her both a fun and relatable heroine.
Jacinda Valchek, of The Bloodhound Files by DD Barant
Hi. My name is DD Barant, and I'd like you to meet a friend of mine.
Her name is Jacinda Valchek--Jace to her friends--and she's a profiler for the FBI. She specializes in serial killers, and she's very, very good at figuring out how their minds work.
Or she was, until she started her new job for the National Security Agency. The NSA still wants her to catch killers, and they still draw heavily on her profiling skills. There's just two problems:
First, she's been yanked into a parallel world. By magic. At first glance it looks a lot like our world, but it definitely isn't.
Second, ninety-nine percent of the population are either vampires, werewolves, or golems.
Jace has dealt with this in her usual fashion, which involves a large handgun, a little too much booze, and lots of attitude. Did you ever have one of those friends who just said whatever was on their minds? Who didn't seem to care who she pissed off? One who was smart and funny and cynical? Well, that's Jace. Her mouth gets her into more trouble than her job, and her job gets her in plenty of trouble. It's hard to be a woman, a cop, and human in a world where you're officially considered an endangered species and your job is to hunt down monsters a lot more dangerous than you are.
But Jace never backs down from anyone, even when she should. I think that's why I like her so much.
Jace adds: Who the hell cares what they think? I'm the one stuck here with a walking sandbag for a partner and a bloodsucker for a boss. You want to be helpful, stop writing crappy sex scenes and send me more ammunition.