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Ms. Flynn isn’t saying anything new; it’s something I’ve known for years, especially those toxic familial relationships. We’ve all known it. Ms. Flynn is just brave enough to say it.
When I was a teenager, I hung around some girls who had a version of “chicken” they liked to play. The trick was to hold a lit cigarette on the tender area between the thumb and forefinger. Whoever pulled the cigarette back first was the loser. I never reached the point of inebriation to engage in chicken, but the three girls I knew wore their burn scars proudly. To destroy part of themselves was a badge of honor for them.
I knew a girl they called Pop Bottle, and I won’t say why here, but let your imagination run wild. I knew a woman who sold soft porn and pistols out of the back of her pick-up truck. I knew a woman who slowly destroyed her family so she could isolate her mother and inherit everything. More mornings than I care to admit, I’ve awakened with a mouthful of mean, looking for a victim before I got out of bed.
I’ve got two scary women in my novel. Neither of them were nice girls, and they grew up to be vicious women, each in their own ways. Catarina learned the rules so she could break them. She knows how to bend and manipulate affections to keep her opponents off guard. She can drag her revenge into the years and never stop savoring her victories. All the while looking for another to savage.
Rachael is a survivor. She’ll hurt before she can be hurt, and she will constantly test the people around her. She and Catarina share a primal rage when they are denied their heart’s desires, but Rachael doesn’t have Catarina’s maliciousness. That is Rachael’s saving grace, although it makes her no less frightening.
What kind of women do you have in your novel? Are they scary? What are their motivations?