Whichever way you turn, female characterisation is a minefield. Male characters tend to get away with so much more. I loved writing Jonah Griggs (from Jellicoe) but Jonah killed his father, bashes up Ben and stomps on his fingers, shoves Taylor up against the wall in rage, yet I rarely read a negative comment about him as a character. Evanjalin in Finnikin, on the other hand, has been criticised many a time and called manipulative and a liar. I think we are so much tougher on our female characters.
there’s nothing worse than getting told you’re bad at the only thing you’re good at