Today on the book tour for Jaime Raven’s new book called ‘The Rebel’, Jaime talks about his top five leading ladies.
There are five very special women in my life – but they only exist on paper.
They’re the leading ladies in the four books I’ve written for Avon/Harper Collins, the latest of which, The Rebel, is published this month.
These women mean a lot to me because I created them and then spent months getting to know them. I decided what they looked like, how they behaved, what they said, and whether they were single or in a relationship. And I’m really pleased with the way they turned out.
They have their faults, of course, but then nobody’s perfect – not even those people who are figments of our imaginations.
My leading ladies all have distinctive personalities and characteristics. Four of them are ‘goodies’ and one of them is very, very bad. Her name is Rosa Lopez and she features in ‘The Rebel’. But more on her later.
First let me introduce you to the leading ladies in order of appearance and tell you a bit about them.
LIZZIE WELLS (THE MADAM)
‘The Madam’ was my first book for Avon and the main protagonist is a prostitute named Lizzie Wells who is jailed for a crime she didn’t commit. Tragically her son died while she was in prison so on her release she seeks revenge against the people who framed her. Here’s what I like about Lizzie. She’s tough, tenacious and down-to-earth. I also think that as a character she’s original, engaging and plausible.
BETH CHAMBERS (THE ALIBI)
Beth is a crime reporter and single mother who risks her life by going up against one of London’s most ruthless gangsters. This particular character is very close to my heart because I loosely based her on myself. Before becoming a full time writer I was a journalist and spent much of my career reporting crime stories across London for national newspapers. Fortunately I didn’t get into as much trouble as Beth does.
SARAH MASON (THE MOTHER)
Sarah is a detective inspector with the Met police. She’s divorced and has a 15-month-old daughter named Molly. But Molly is abducted and the kidnapper sends Sarah sick text messages and video clips that pile on the agony. What I admire about Sarah is the way she overcomes her fear and panic to go in search of Molly by herself. A true heroine.
LAURA JEFFERSON AND ROSA LOPEZ (THE REBEL)
Laura Jefferson is another Met detective and she’s married to a teacher. She’s one of two leading ladies in ‘The Rebel’. The other is 28-year-old Rosa Lopez, a contract killer from Mexico who flies into London to murder police officers on behalf of a notorious criminal.
The two come up against each other in a momentous battle between good and evil. At the same time they each have to deal with their own personal demons.
I like to think I’ve created two memorable characters in Laura and Rosa. Laura is smart, pragmatic and honourable. Rosa, on the other hand, is brutal, wicked and sly. But she also becomes vulnerable when she suddenly finds herself on an emotional roller coaster.
There was a time when women in crime fiction novels seemed to feature only as victims or damsels-in-distress. But not anymore.
They’re now among the best fictional crime-fighters and most outrageous villains. And I firmly believe that’s exactly how it should be.
You can buy The Rebel from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.