In DRIVE ME CRAZY April Billingsworth was witchy to everyone, and unapologetic snob, refused to get the heroine's first name and lied her tail off at every opportunity in order to make herself look better. Who'd want to write a romance novel that had her get a yummy hero, complete with a happily ever after?
Guess I'm that glutton for punishment. Mostly because I believe 99% of people have reasons for acting the way they do. Does it excuse them? Not by a long shot, but sometimes when we as a reader (or in my case writer) learn those reasons we better understand their motivation.
But that wasn't what I was really worried about. Don't get me I wrong, I was worried. However, even if I could give the reader REALLY GOOD REASONS for A.B. being the anti-heroine, romance readers seem less...inclined, forgiving...whatever you want to call it to get behind a formerly unsympathetic woman. Conversely, readers will root (myself included) for you to redeem the biggest, meanest, most villainous character *cough* Sebastian Romanov *cough* ever.
So have you ever rooted for an author to redeem a heroine? Or do you just root for the heroes? I'd love to know your thoughts!