So what do I mean by smart stories? I like stories about the emotional conflicts that afflict and restrict people’s lives and the ways in which two people who love each other can overcome them. Such conflict may come from old wounds, personal flaws, or family dysfunction. Georgiana, the heroine of Dangerous Works, for example, is too smart for her own good. What does a woman do when her talents bring her nothing but scorn?
That sort of problem requires not only IQ to resolve, but also the ability to face problems with courage, understand your lover’s conflicts, and manage the emotional work of overcoming with humor, persistence, and uncommon common sense.
The occasional endearing scatterbrain may surface but deep down even they are especially bright. I like stories about women who know who they are, what they want, and how to get it, no matter what era they live in? How about you?