In the interest of more gender representation, I decided to switch the gender of one of my characters in my Science Fiction book, Midpoint–not yet released. I really liked the results.
I chose a minor character who appears in some key scenes, Bud Cummings, an engineer who doesn’t care about his appearance or professionalism, but too good as his job to fire. And I turned him into Carla “Bud” Buddings, an engineer who doesn’t care about her appearance or professionalism, but too good at her job to fire.
Though the character hasn’t changed, as a man Bud seemed like a bit of a cliché. As a woman, she’s a bit more fun to write.