Don’t Fear a Strong Woman. Embrace Her.
Some of my fellow lawmen fell into twitchy, apoplectic fits when the Texas Rangers appointed their first two females.
“I will turn in my badge,” one chuffed, “before I work with a Ranger who has to squat to pee.”
He retired that month.
Not right, but it shows the state of the world, even in 1993.
I like to write stories with tough females—characters who, as we used to say in Texas, stomp their own snakes. Thankfully, over twenty-nine years in law enforcement, I’ve met plenty of women who have provided endless inspiration for characters. Some were heroic, some sad sacks, and some, pure meanness in a bag of pretty skin—but nearly all of them had a compelling story. Some of the most interesting lived their lives on the other side of the law.