My OWW writer friend, Phillip Spencer, who pens the blog "Nightspore", recently linked to a post by British author Freda Warrington (ELFLAND), in which she discusses her desire to create strong female characters when writing fantasy.
I wanted to read about mutual pleasure and joy, I wanted the women to
have as much fun as the men, I did not want the men to be selfish pigs, I
wanted equality and respect and shared adventure. But too often, in
fiction, I was not finding it. Not even from female authors.
It's a long post, but well worth reading.