What can I say? I created a woman–an INTJ–who is intellectual, aloof, independent, and determined. A warm fuzzy, she’s not. ( I happen to be an INTJ, which probably explains why Diana made perfect sense to me.)
I had to try and find ways to make Diana a little softer and more sympathetic. I wrote her scenes in first person because she makes some pretty wild decisions and I thought it was important that readers understand her thought processes.
I still see the occasional review of this book where people think Diana did the wrong things and is a terrible person. Well, we all do wrong things . . . and Diana, at least, learns from her mistakes. Personally, I think Diana appeals more to readers who are “thinkers” (in Myers-Briggs parlance), and she probably repulses women who are strong “feelers.”
But that’s just the way she is.
Tomorrow: The results/reader reaction.