March 2022

Strong Female Protagonists

Lisa Gardner and J.A. Jance have relied heavily through the years on strong female characters who succeed in roles traditionally held by men. Not only did they pave the way for these kind of books, they opened the door for these kind of people. Let's talk about that today!

Lisa Gardner

Lisa Gardner is the New York Times best-selling author of suspense novels, including "The Neighbor," which won Thriller of the Year from the International Thriller Writers.  Gardner has written 23 suspense novels that have become New York Times best-sellers....

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J. A. Jance

Inspired by Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz series, J.A. Jance knew that she wanted to be a writer since she was in the second grade. J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series and five interrelated thrillers about the Walker family as well as a volume of poetry....

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