Flawed Main Characters
Of all the characters I’ve written, and there’s been quite a menagerie over five books (published and unpublished), Honey Juniper is my most flawed. She’s also my most treasured. That’s not to take away from her sisters Birdie and Blue who come with their own flaws (well, Birdie more than Blue. Let’s be honest), but Honey’s flaws hit a special note with me. Here’s why.
A friend once invited me to a full moon circle led by a psychic. Once there, this psychic, who was more astute than I ever imagined she might be, told me with a big breath of certainty and confidence that I was ruled by Responsibility (Big R) and Aggression. At first, I was shocked. Me? I’m a nice person, I thought. I care so much about other people. But then I realized these weren’t necessarily bad things. Responsibility means I get the job done. True. Aggression, in my psyche, is something I turn against myself more than others. It stems from frustration with certain situations for which I feel a lack of control. Honey is the same. A rule-following Aquarius with a sarcastic inner monologue, Big R Responsible might as well be her middle name. A position thrust upon her not just by being the oldest sibling, but from internal past wounds and external expectations. And until you learn why, you don’t understand her obsessions and beliefs. Honey takes responsibility for herself and her sisters at all cost. She is too quick to judge, as evident by her threat assessments. And extremely guarded, to her own detriment, which is why when she finally lets her guard down with Rémy it feels, at least to me, so satisfying. But it’s that balance between her flaws and attributes that made her such a pleasure to write. Honey is guarded, but she’s also an intelligent, unique, caring, and level-headed protector. She can admit when she’s wrong, a characteristic I deeply value in people. I hope you enjoy getting to know her as you experience her character arc. And root for Rémy, too, while you’re at it. Sometimes, it’s another character that teaches us the most about ourselves and that’s certainly true for Honey Juniper.
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