What draws us time and again to this trope? Hate-to-love is surprisingly tricky to write, and you have to be carefully toeing the line, but we keep coming back? Why? The tension. Ooh baby, we love that tension.
When I write strong female characters, I think of it more with the emphasis on strong character, creating heroines and female main characters that are strongly written, fleshed out and three dimensional. The character isn’t strong, necessarily, because of her physical abilities or emotional capacity. She is strong because the characterization is strong and complete.
When it comes to asserting my own powers and going after what I want in the world, I take my cues from Jemma, Duchess of Beaumont and Lady Georgiana, better known as Chase, and the powerful owner of the most notorious gaming hell in London.