Dave’s books have been shortlisted for four Aurealis Awards, he won an Aurealis Best Fantasy novel, A Dark Winter. His books have been shortlisted twice for the Western Australia Premier’s Books Award and he won with Rihanna and the Wild Magic, plus his short story won a Tin Duck (WA SF award).
Today Dave talks about male writers and female characters …
I had a female protagonist in five of my published books, and it surprised me that I was sometimes praised simply for having one, as if it mattered, and then because I had those characters think for themselves and consciously reflect on their positions, as if that were a little odd. I don’t understand what’s odd about it.
I used female protagonists only and solely because that’s what the story needed. I suppose it’s possible that other writers might use female (or male) protagonists for some other reason. I couldn’t say, but that would seem odd to me.
On the other hand, I have heard it said that it is presumptuous of male writers to attempt a female protagonist, though I must admit, not vice-versa. Perhaps so.
What do you think?