Thursday, 10 July 2014

Carrier by Anne Tibbets Blog Tour - Guest Post + Giveaway

Carrier (The Line, #1)

Carrier (The Line #1) by Anne Tibbets
NA Dystopia
Published: 16th June 2014 by Carina Press

Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.

A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records and free her forever. But when The Line sniffs out his plan, things get bloody, fast. Naya means more to them than just a chance at fresh faces—her twins are part of the government’s larger plan.

As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.

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Guest Post by Anne Tibbets

How to Write Strong Female Leads

I was quite tempted to write this blog post with a single line. “…By writing a woman character the same way as you would write a male character.” But then I realized what a hornet’s nest I would stir up…Oops…I think I just did it anyway.

There’s a fabulous speech in the movie “A Time To Kill.” Matthew McConaughey gives a summation at Samuel L. Jackson’s trial. Jackson’s character is accused of gunning down two white men in the deep South, after they kidnapped, raped, and tortured his little girl. His defense is justifiable homicide. McConaughey lays out in horrifying detail the scope of the little girl’s injuries. “This is a story about a little girl walking home from the grocery store one sunny afternoon. I want you to picture this little girl. Suddenly a truck races up. Two men jump out and grab her. They drag her into a nearby field and they tie her up and they rip her clothes from her body. Now they climb on…” And then at the end of the speech he completely slaughters every person’s mind when he adds, “Now imagine she’s white.”

I’m proposing the same thought process to you. Imagine a character is strong, capable, in charge, resilient, tough, brave, forthright, out for justice, determined…Now imagine that character is a woman.

There should not be a “trick” to writing a strong female lead. They should just be strong characters, no matter their gender. As long as both are well-rounded and flawed, they possesses the same qualifications as any main character should.

My character, Naya, in CARRIER, is most definitely, a woman. She’s a former slave, as are almost thirty million others in the world today, the majority of which are young girls sold into sexual slavery. Naya is resilient, determined, out for justice, flawed – all the qualifications I believe make her a strong, well-rounded female character, and the kind of character I enjoy reading in other works.

She was raped, beaten, tortured and abused for almost her entire life. She had a choice to be strong, or be broken, and she chose strong.

Now, imagine she's a man.

Author Bio - Anne Tibbets

Anne TibbetsAnne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.

Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.

Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.

Find her on Facebook at or on Twitter @WriteforCoffee. To contact Anne, visit and click the ‘CONTACT’ tab.

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  1. Great post and so true! A well written character is what I look for regardless of the genre. I do prefer strong characters over the damsel-in-distress type though. I have heard a lot about Naya from reviews I read so far and she sounds like my kind of MC - one I could easily like and root for.

  2. *gender - not genre (though both would apply ;))

  3. This looks to be the beginning of a really interesting series. It is definitely going to be one I pick up next week :)

  4. Wow.. Sounds like a good read. The first line kinda made me stop and wonder but after reading the whole description I do think I would like it.