This one is designed to tell me what kind of characters I tend to write, and there's a bit of truth in the results.
My critique group friends phrase it differently, saying that I've got "a thing for stubborn women," but really it's the same thing, isn't it? We call it determination if we like what you're being stubborn about, don't we?
My published works definitely feature a lot of survivors. The Menopausal Superhero series has been described as half women's fiction and half bam-pow action, and that seems accurate to me. The genesis of the series lies in considering what might happen if the people who gain super-heroic powers were not unattached teenagers, but women with careers, families, and established lives. All of those heroines are survivors of something (cancer, bad marriage, the corporate ladder, parenting, etc.), and show their persistence and strength in fighting through the new obstacles life has thrown at them in dealing with the disruption to their lives caused by these changes.
I see the same characteristic pluck in some of the characters in my not-yet-ready for publication works, too. Lena and Freda, the sisters in my unfinished historical fiction trilogy, starting with Cold Spring; Rat Jones, the angry young woman in my middle grades novel awaiting a final pass (Rat Jones and the Lacrosse Zombies); and Sherry, the protagonist of my first-ever novel, fighting a battle against her own mind (His Other Mother).
My current WIP, Thursday's Children, is dystopian-young adult-romance, and Kye'luh Wade is another survivor, determined to keep her cousins out of the hands of the Ethical Behavior Committee by force of sheer will.
It's interesting that such a diverse cast of imaginary friends as populate my works have a commonality. Perhaps my grandmother was right when she said that I "another stubborn woman in a long line of them."
Diverse imaginary cast of friends. Classic! I'll have to steal that.ReplyDelete
I think these quizzes are so much fun! They can offer insight into our personalities. I suppose critique groups can offer insight as well!ReplyDelete
They can . . .but the quizzes are less painful, usually. :-) (I say with love; my critique group hurts, but helps most of the time)Delete
I love that your different characters have something in common!ReplyDelete
I got the underdog--which I would say is kind of true, except maybe for my current MC (but I guess he's an underdog in certain ways). A lot of my other characters would fall into that category, though.
I think we're all drawn to certain narratives. The scripts we're still trying to work out for ourselves.Delete
I got The Protector. Yup. That's pretty much it. People who are "heroes" and shelter or save others from trauma.ReplyDelete
Strong women are totally the in thing, right? You've got this in the bag.
Here's hoping you're right about that!Delete