Since I was a teenager two fictional characters have always stuck with me; Josephine March and Anne Shirley.
Jo from Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic, Little Woman has always resonated with me. Before I knew I wanted to be an author myself, I felt a connection with Jo and she was by far my favorite of the sisters. I couldn’t figure out why Jo didn’t choose to be with Laurie. Then I read the novel and realized that a movie can never really capture the written word. Books are so much more powerful and none of the theatrical versions of Little Women can accurately capture the original version of Louisa May Alcott’s masterpiece. I have read Little Women countless times and every time I identify with Jo’s character. She is courageous, intelligent, strong willed, passionate, loyal, and caring.
As a young girl I feel in love with the story of Anne Shirley from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s series Anne of Green Gables. My mom and I every year would watch the mini-series together and it was the first series that I ever read. I couldn’t get enough of Anne Shirley’s life, her struggles and of course her romance with Gilbert Blythe.
I believe that the most powerful thing about a novel is when a character stays with you long after you have read the novel. These two women characters motivated me as a child and made me love to read. Ironically both characters were aspiring authors, which I never knew was something that I aspired to do until my early twenties.
I hope that someday I will write a character that will have the same impact on others that these two fictional characters have had on me.