Who is your favorite female lead character? And why? (And yes, of course, you can name more than one . . . I always have trouble narrowing down these things to one name, why should I force you to?)
First, I’ll go with (almost) everyone’s favorite PEI gal, Anne of Green Gables
. Because she’s spunky and smart and I loved all the books. And she’s a redhead and I always wanted red hair.
After that, it gets a little harder. No one is jumping into my head, screaming pick me, pick me. They must all still be asleep, like I wish I was. So I’m going to cheat a little and pick Frances Mayes
and Elizabeth Gilbert
. Yes, they are authors. But they both have written about their travels and gotten paid for it. And they can be considered the lead characters in their own books (A Year in the World
and eat pray love
). So, yeah, I’ll go with those two. It’s not so much that they are favorites, it’s more like I want to be them. Either get paid to travel and write a wildly successful book (Gilbert), or write wildly successful books that let you travel more and then write a book about that, too (Mayes). Yup, I could live like that. Well, I could if I had any writing talent.