A confession: It took me a long time to like other ladies, much less being a lady myself.
I was "that girl" in high school -- the one that is exactly like all the other girls who "aren't like other girls." I confused wanting to beat the boys with wanting to be the boys, and ended up mostly beating up on myself for being unsuccessful at both. Test scores, toughness, tequila shots -- you name it, I wanted to win it (and instead fell victim to my lesser math skills and body weight). As an adult, I pursued several wrong careers in fields dominated by females, and confused "I don't fit here" with "I don't fit with other women." I was honestly relieved when I found out my children were boys, because I loved my female students and my nieces, but was convinced I could never raise one myself. How could I? I failed so hard at being a girl, right?
Well, wrong, I know now -- primarily thanks to discussions in and about YA and its community, without which I also would never have been able to sell a book of my own. And though as a contrary person in general, the prospect of joining hands and singing "Kumbaya" has never been terribly appealing (even when I was a Girl Scout and required to do so by the Girl Scout law), I do believe in paying it forward, whatever "it" may be.
In this case, "it" is badass ladies and badass ladies are it. Once or twice a month I'll be interviewing an awesome creative woman that you should know. I will also make and give away ridiculous prizes, because my book doesn't come out for two more years and you can only kill so much of that time at a computer screen, no matter how many badass ladies are on it.
But I need your help. What badass ladies do you think the world should know?* What questions would you ask them? And how would you define "badass" in the first place? You don't have to leave your name, but if you do, I'll enter you to win one of the amazingly pro-lady books above. Because I like you. And a lot of other ladies. And contests that don't involve tequila.
*Nominees need not be writers -- any creative lady types will do, and the more badass, the better.
**US only please. I will try to do some international giveaways in the future.
***Dudes can nominate ladies too. You can even win a prize. Just don't do the thing, okay? Okay.