I've never been a girly girl. When I was little my idea of fun was crawling under our giant forsythia bushes with a knife from my mom's kitchen drawer and sawing off boughs to peel and make my own bow and arrows for target shooting.
That's more or less still how I roll.
Recently I was answering questions for an upcoming interview for the release of The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn (April 15th), and ended up changing one of my answers. I liked the original answer so much I decided to squirrel it away (ahem), hoping to use it again sometime. Then I thought, why not share it on the blog?
So here it is. :)
For a woman who is happy in her jeans and 90's era flannel hoodie, I was surprised with this book to find myself writing about a character with a passion for clothing.
Portrait of Mademoiselle, Jacques-Louis David, 1799
Characters—mine anyway—often spring into being with personalities and interests that hold firm despite efforts to shape them. I gave up trying with Tamsen Littlejohn, embraced that "girlie" aspect of her character, and soon saw how I could use clothing to show the stages of Tamsen’s growth—her rejection of the cage she feels caught in, her shedding of her old life, her attempts at “trying on” various aspects of frontier life, until we see her constructing a set of clothes unlike anything she’s ever imagined, for the sheer joy of creation.
Which, when it comes down to it, I can fully embrace and understand.
I hope you'll grab a copy of The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn come April 15, take this metaphorical (and all too harrowingly practical) journey with Tamsen, and enjoy meeting a character who is very much unlike her creator when it comes to clothing.
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I have something special planned to post on Saturday, March 15.
So watch this spot!