I have been told that I write quirky characters. I’m not sure where anyone gets that idea. To me, my characters are real, but then, I suppose I’m not exactly normal, so maybe quirkiness is in the eye of the beholder.
Abby, my heroine, is a bit shy since she’s never lived outside her small rural town. Who among us wouldn’t be a wee bit timid if presented with a dashing aristocrat—literally dashing, as in running—down the drive? But she recovers quickly once she’s on the familiar ground of childcare, because she’s been caring for her four half-siblings the better part of her life. Maybe wanting to get them back from a guardian who thinks they ought to be raised by a man is a touch quirky. I’m not sure I would have gone looking for my brothers had they managed to find another home, but I was pretty young then. Abby is older than her siblings, they’re her only family, and she desperately wants them back. A bankrupt gambler like Fitz is useless for her purposes.
I think the real quirkiness of my characters is that they’re always dreadfully mismatched but still seem to bring out the best in each other, even if one is pushing the other in the Thames and calling them a beetle-brained catchfart. Abby doesn’t stay shy for long!
What do you consider to be a quirky character—in your life or in books? I once had a teacher who looked like a cow and told me I couldn’t start a sentence with a conjunction, until I pulled out Austen and Bronte and proved her wrong. We all have stories to tell, what’s yours?
The Wicked Wyckerly by Patricia Rice
When he becomes seventh Earl of Danecroft, rakish John Fitzhugh Wyckerly also inherits a crumbling estate and massive debts. Determined to do right, he reclaims his illegitimate daughter Penelope and heads to London in search of a very rich wife.
Abigail Merriweather's farm has been quiet since she lost custody of her four young half-siblings-until a roguish gentleman named Fitz stops for a rest, his rebellious daughter in tow. His etiquette is questionable, his parenting deplorable-so why does Abby delight in his flirtations? And when she seeks a suitor to help her regain the children, why does Fitz keep popping up?
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