I want to tell you a secret. I have a heroine’s journey story hidden in plain sight.
The Heroine’s Journey is a bit of writing craft that’s been gaining traction recently. Many novels are written on the familiar “Hero’s Journey” skeleton. Heroine’s Journey stories parallel Hero’s Journey in that both deal with people going out to make their way in the world and coming back transformed. The main difference (IMO; YMMV) is the focus of that transformation.
So where’s my heroine’s journey? Are you going to guess my vampire romantic suspense, Blood Gambit? It’s a pretty solid guess. The main character does have to move out of a spiritually arid existence and learn her own strengths in a world far different than the corporate one she starts in. Yes, however…
I wrote another heroine’s journey is in Ran Shaipur. Two of them.
Ran has done his hero’s journey by the time we meet him. He’s already top dawg. But that’s not going to be enough to do what he needs to do to save everything he loves.
Seriah’s heroine’s journey more strictly matches the classic heroine’s journey skeleton– separating from the feminine, finding success in the male world, descent into crises and reconnecting with the power of her feminine side, finally integrating her masculine and feminine sides.
The hero’s journey is comfortable and familiar because we’ve been fed it since childhood. For Ran Shaipur, I really didn’t want to write that. I wanted to write something more personal, more emotionally challenging, and more “grown up”. Because we all keep journeying, even after our initial hero’s journey is over. There’s always more to learn and grow.
Sometimes I think with Ran Shaipur I was writing above my pay grade. Vallejo Road is probably a “better” book, with its straightforward hero’s journey and less emotionally complicated MC. But I will always be proud of Ran and his ability to admit that even when he has it all, he could still be a better man. And with Seriah’s discovery that she doesn’t have to be The Man to find the success she needs.
Whether I managed to portray their story well is an opinion always best left to the reader. But I hope you enjoy Ran Shaipur, even with its flaws.