It's been a long time since I've enjoyed creating a character as much as I'm enjoying this one. Impulsive, independent, resourceful, a bit accident prone and clumsy. Not a ravishing beauty, she's forever brushing unruly strands of red hair out of her freckled face. It's fun developing this spirited Puritan girl; she's not afraid to mouth off to Major Richard Waldron, the wealthiest most influential man in the settlement. She'll even stand up against Wahowah, the most feared Pennacook warrior, only to realize the foolhardiness of her actions later.
In Part One, she's a 9 year old orphan whose only escape from a life of mundane chores is her cherished whirligig. It's her only solace, a link to her murdered parents.
When Grace meets Menane, she's intrigued because she's never seen a native child her own age, much less spoke to one. She even demonstrates her beloved whirligig to him. When during a chaotic moment the toy is lost, Grace is heartbroken a second time in her young life.
Thirteen years later, Grace is 22 and a successful cheesemongress. She goes about her daily activities like the industrious young woman she is, but some vague emptiness in her heart leads her to be pensive and introspective. A chance encounter with Menane, now grown and called Wôbi Skog Wsizokw, awakens a desire for love she didn't know she had.
Now, I really don't want this story to turn into a bodice-ripper, so I'm trying to offset the romance aspect with plenty of violence and bloodshed (you're welcome, male readers!). I don't want Grace to be the swooning anti-heroine waiting for her knight to come riding in on a white horse. So it's really fun to keep her strong and multidimensional.
A hole in one of Grace's shoes allows moisture to seep in, echoing the hole in her heart only a man's love can fill. But, Grace being Grace, she procrastinates about taking the shoe to the cobbler for repairs. See what I did there? Empty heart = holey shoe. That there's called an analogy.
I really like this character I've created and may have to feature her in a fourth book in The Puritan Chronicles series, if the Muses are willing to provide me with enough inspiration!
Next installment, we'll feature Grace's sister, Alice.
Til next time!