Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. Like the rest of the world, I love Elizabeth Bennett. Her wit and vivacity are most delightful. I also like Jo March quite a bit. Her tomboyish side is quite similar in some ways to me, though in some other ways (like her writing) we are vastly different.
Elinor Dashwood is another delightful heroine, and she’s one the literary heroines that I’m most like. We’re both oldest children (and daughters), we both mother the family, we both tend more towards sense as opposed to flightiness, and we both hide our true feelings about matters of the heart, so to speak.
Finally, Eowyn from Lord of the Rings…I love her because she’s pretty and brave – especially the brave part. J
Five of your favorite historical novels? Like, historical fiction? I can do that. :D I love To Die For by Sandra Byrd…the whole Zion Chronicles series by Bodie Thoene…Keeper of the Light by Patty Metzer…Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy…and Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer.
Out of those five books who is your favorite character and why? The title character in Scarlet Pimpernel. He’s courageous, he’s daring, he’s delightful, and he’s disguised!!
What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? Totally 1800’s England. I love Jane Austen’s books. I also find King Henry VIII and his six wives all very interesting.
If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? Hard question…probably Elinor Dashwood, since I’m most like her. Or maybe Susan Pevensie, since I’m too old to be Lucy, and I can’t be one of the boys (though I like them all better).
What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate? LOVE. I like the really dark stuff best…
Favorite author(s)? I love all the ones I’ve already mentioned, plus: Penny Zeller, Sarah Sundin, Sharlene MacLaren, Lisa Bergren, Jill Eileen Smith, Lynette Eason, Wanda Brunstetter, Irene Hannon, Davis Bunn, Joel Rosenberg, L. M. Montgomery, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Tessa Afshar, and many more!
As a small, imaginative, red-haired damsel might query; would you rather be divinely beautiful, dazzlingly clever, or angelically good? Why? Another hard question. I think dazzlingly clever. That’s harder to take away – being so beautiful could be ruined, or make one terribly conceited (though I suppose that being clever could too). And being angelically good…not to be bad, or anything, but it might be a little boring sometimes. But clever! Oh joy. :)
In which century were most of the books you read written? Ummm…either late 1900’s, early 2000’s, or 1800’s in general.
In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is… Mr. Darcy. Or Aragorn. One or the other. They’re both amazing – Mr. Darcy because he’s Mr. Darcy, and Aragorn because he’s such a wonderful king!
Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name? Yes, but I can’t remember anyone particular. Oh, I didn’t think that Gabi was the right name for the heroine in Swiss Courier. I associate Gabi with Lisa Bergren’s River of Time series, so it wasn’t right for this girl. Oh! I thought of another. I didn't like Emily's name in An Eye for an Eye by Irene Hannon. Great girl, awesome story, but she didn't look like her name (on the cover) or act like it either. Should have been...maybe Shannon? (BTW -- Mark was the perfect name for the hero in that story...)
In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is... Mr. Wickham. He’s simply dreadful! Eloping with Lydia, telling a huge fictitious story to Lizzy, being so smooth, and of course, attempting to seduce Georgiana…that was kind of backwards. But you get the idea.
Three favorite Non-fiction books? Other than the Bible, The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha, King Henry VIII’s Wives by Antonia Fraser, and Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris.