Over at Accordion to Kellie, it's time for the annual Literary Heroine Blog Party! I'm so excited to be participating this year! It's going to be great fun, and I'm excited to see what else Kellie's got planned. There's also a fun giveaway going on, and encourage y'all to hop on over to Kellie's blog and take a look-see for yourself!
So here are the tag questions for the party.
Introduce yourself! Divulge your life's vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!
Howdy! I'm Emma Jane Violet Anne Eponine Anderson Kennedy, but you can just call me Emma. :-) My life's vision would probably be to use everything the Lord's given me for his honor and glory, to make the most of the time He's given me on earth, to love, laugh, grow, and imagine things. I like summer and sunshine and flowers and 90's movies popcorn and straw hats. I dislike Nicholas Sparks books and wasting time and math (which is the same thing) and being tickled and talking to people I don't know in public settings. Yes, I'm an introvert.
As for my aspirations, they are extensive. Foremost among them would be to glorify my Lord, write good books that make people feel deep, warm and happy, live in a pretty little house, keep in contact with my best friends in the world and be an inspiration to other people.
Something completely random: Aidan Quinn is my third-favorite actor.
What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine?
A strong personality; in other (and less delicate) words, guts. She has to have courage and convictions and strong feelings. I don't care a bit for wishy-washy, oh-let's-do-this-but-I-don't-know, nothing-really-matters type heroines. They have to know what it is they're aiming for, or at least have a desire to know and eventually find the truth by the end of the book. They've got to be so genuine that I start to think of them as being real people. So yes, that's what I'd say makes a true heroine: she has to be real.
Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to.
"Relate to" and "admire" will not always be mutually exclusive. :-) Okay, four heroines of literature I most admire:
- Mattie Ross (True Grit): she's got true grit. She has strong principles and the courage to confront evil and do something about it. I love her spunk and her determination and her perseverence.
- Christy Huddleston (Christy): she's a naive city girl with a passion to help people, and she learns so much in her journey of getting to know the mountain people, and getting to know God. I love her desire to learn and her to do good.
- Abbie Deal (A Lantern In Her Hand): she's a pioneer woman, a mother, who faces incredible hardship and comes through it all weathered and strengthened by her trials. She's a fiercely devoted mother and an amazing woman. I'd love to just sit down and talk with Abbie for hours on end.
- and Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables): because Anne's just so lovable. :-) She's spunky, imaginative, kind, honest, and you can't help but feel a strong kinship with her.
And four heroines of literature I most relate to:
- Violet Rose Hayes (A Proper Pursuit): she's a daydreamer, an adventurer at heart, impulsive, and sometimes her wild thoughts run away with her. Also we both have an affinity for fair-haired lieutenants. ;-P
- Ellis Eton (Love Comes Calling): she's well-meaning, easily distracted, gets excited easily, also worries easily, always seems to somehow get herself into the most awkward situations, and doesn't understand a lot of things.
- Lizzie Glick (Lizzie Searches For Love trilogy): she's sometimes grumpy and impatient and, like me, there are so many things she still has to learn. When reading these books, it's often startling how often Lizzie says something or think something that makes me go, "Wait...haven't I said that exact same thing before?"
- Emma Smallwood (The Tutor's Daughter): she likes things neat and orderly and in their proper places, and she likes to have things planned out just the way she wants them. Yup.
Five of your favorite historical novels?
My favorite novel EVER is Hidden Places by Lynn Austin. Other favorite historical novels: By Dawn's Early Light by Elswyth Thane, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, True Grit by Charles Portis, and Yankee Stranger by Elswyth Thane. Lotta Elswyth Thane going on. :-)
Out of those five books who is your favorite major character and why?
Ehhhhh. That's tough. These are all my favorite books, so of course they're all my favorite characters! I'm going to say Atticus Finch, because he's amazing in every respect. But also Mattie Ross, Cabot Murray, and Gabe Harper.
Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why?
I'd say Scout Finch, but she's not a secondary character. *thinks hard* I really like Mr. LaBoeuf in True Grit. He's rather stuck on himself, but he's a man of morals and he's brave and he eventually gives appreciates Mattie for who she is. Any friend of Mattie Ross is a friend of mine.
If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there?
Well, of course I would want to go to Europe and visit my very best friend Alice who lives there! What would we do? We'd laugh, talk, watch movies, take walks, swoon over fictional characters, take pictures....we'd just have the time of our lives. :-)
But if I couldn't do that, I'd love to go out to Montana and stay on a real ranch. I have this sort of fascination with Montana right now (blame it on Brad Pitt movies). ;-P I want to see the wide open country, the endless sky, the majestic mountains in the distance, and feel the never-ceasing wind.
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What is your favorite time period and culture to read about?
It's a toss-up between the 1930's and the Civil War, but right now I'd definitely say the 30's. I'm infatuated with the era, the styles, the life people lived back then. Most of my favorite books are set during the 30's, actually.
I haven't read many books about the 1910's period, but if I could find a good one, I'd definitely love reading about that time. I've seen more movies about that era and it's one of my favorites. The novel I'm currently writing is actually set in 1910.
You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation, tap dancing… what is your act comprised of?
Oh, singing. That's a no-brainer. I'd probably sing something classic Broadway. That's just how I roll. ;-P
If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent?
How fun! Someone needs to make this a thing. :-) Let's see...maybe Violet Hayes, because she lives in the 1890's and wears gorgeous clothes and she's one of my favorite characters. Or Mattie Ross, but I didn't want to use her for my answer because I've been mentioning her too much already.
Wait....did I just imply that it was possible to talk about Mattie Ross too much?! Perish the thought!
Boom, Lynn Austin. I didn't even have to think for that.
In which century were most of the books you read written?
This one. I'm woefully unaccomplished with classics. They're just so loooong. And most of my favorite authors are alive today and still writing, so...yeah.
In your opinion, the ultimate hero in all literature is…
Gabe Harper needs more credit. I don't know if I'd say he's the ultimate....but he's pretty darn awesome. Horatio Hornblower is not my idea of a hero in the books, but in the movies he's about as dashing and heroic as they come. That was confusing; my answer is Horatio Hornblower.
In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is...
I'd have to say, Rigaud (Blandois) from Little Dorrit. The man's a terror. He's a murderer, a swindler, and a creep. Yuck. Let's not talk about him.
Describe your ideal dwelling place.
A comfortable little house, small but roomy, with a historical flair-- it doesn't really matter what time period, just as long as it's got the feel of days past. It would have to be in the country, preferably somewhere with both flat open spaces and trees and creeks. A sunny little house with flowers and lots of windows and books everywhere. A place where creativity abounds.
Definitely something smaller than this, but I just love this picture and the setting. :-)
Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence.
"I WISH it was vintage." ;-P Heehee. Simple, practical, sometimes slightly impractical, pretty and neat. Unless I'm in a weird mood, then I might wear a flowered scarf on my head or pain my fingernails blue or something. You never know what's gonna happen.
Three favorite Non-fiction books?
I really don't read non-fiction much....but I'll say the Bible, Nellie Bly, and The World of Downton Abbey.
Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon?
Writing fiction outside in the sunshine, drinking in the smells and sounds of the earth.
Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character.
A wide-brimmed straw hat with an earthy-colored ribbon around the band, adorned with real flowers that somehow have the power not to wilt. ;-P
Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year.
Last summer I started writing a novel, the first novel I've worked on seriously. I had to seriously re-think things in November, but I'm still working on the novel and it's been one of the most exciting things that's happened to me.
Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.
This is one of my favorite verses that continually inspires me in my daily life.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you. So that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
Thanks Kellie, for hosting this delightful event!