Literary Heroine Blog Party!
Introduce yourself! Divulge your life's vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!
My name is Emily McConnell. Currently I'm pursuing a writing career in hopes of getting a YA contemporary fiction novel published. We'll see how that goes. I'm also hopefully going to start a job soon training two to three year old colts who have never been ridden. I still haven't gotten the call-back on that job, so I'm praying that it will happen. We'll see! :) Otherwise, I'm a very random kind of girl. I love history to the point I get tears in my eyes when I find a new history text book or biography at the library on my favorite topics, I love my horse Bodie and I can't wait to hit the trails with him and find new adventures, I love reading historical fiction books, writing, hiking, teaching English (the language) learning Russian, exploring, etc. For the last couple of years my history obsession has been the country of Russia. I live in an area where Russian is basically the second language, so a fascination for all things Russian grew. My current fascination lies with the Cossack riders of Russia. Not the best group in the world (they were really violent horsemen) but I'm fascinated with the stories about the good Cossacks. I want to know more about them!
What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine?
A true heroine isn't a girl who's out there to be "one of the guys" or someone who goes around finding trouble and fighting bad guys. To me, a true heroine is someone who gives her heart fully to God and lets him place her in the situations she's not sure she wants to be in, trying to do what God desires in her life and live life to the fullest. She makes mistakes along the way, but she learns from those mistakes and presses on. She wants to help others and will do anything she can to protect the innocent, no matter what the cost to her own life.
Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to.
I always loved Corrie Belle Hollister from The Journals of Corrie Belle Hollister books. Everything about her- from her fiery temper to her great love of her family and God- she was always learning something new. I've been reading the Corrie books for over ten years. I love them so much! Corrie reminds me of myself a lot with some of the trouble she gets herself into, as well as her deep love for her family. I would do anything for my family, and I care about them so much.
Like all other Circle C fans, I love Andi from the Circle C Adventures, Beginnings and Milestones. She's a wonderful example of basically everything I was and still am! I was always quite wild and full of ideas that turned out to be really not good ideas. She's spunky, fiery, loving and full of adventure. I was never quite so counter-argumentative as she is, but everything else is like reading a book about my childhood; minus the bad guys, of course! But even then, I've had a couple of adventures with "bad guys" that are somewhat similar to Andi.
And let's not forget Anna from the series The Russians. What a wonderful picture of a woman of God, who, despite all the obstacles she faced and the very real possibility of losing her fiance, trusted God through it all and was rewarded for her faithfulness. Anna is who I wish I was, not who I am. Her friend Katrina is more like me- wild and not very mature. :P
Five of your favorite historical novels?
I'm not sure what it means by my five favorite historical novels, so I'll just go with my favorite books from historical fiction/real history. Daughter of Grace, Dawn of Liberty, My Secret War, The Crown and the Crucible, and Andrea Carter and the Dangerous Decision.
Out of those five books who is your favorite major character and why?
Uhm... Andi. Definitely Andi. :) Because Andi has the craziest adventure in Dangerous Decision and I love the family interaction in that one. Plus, again, Andi is like reading a story about myself. It's so much fun! B-)
Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why?
GALANOV! :D Actually, Andrassy Galanov is a really minor character in the Secret of the Rose series, but the minute he walked into the scene in the second book, I knew I liked him. I was so upset by the end of the third book, I was hoping he'd become a good guy (he was a KGB agent) and I saw potential for him to be a good guy, but then he turned evil. But in the fourth book... okay, I'm giving away the plot. You'll just have to read it!
If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there?
I feel like I'm a resounding gong with no purpose, 'cause I keep saying the same thing. I'd go to Russia on a missions trip. That would be my dream vacation- to mingle with the Russians and talk to them in their language and learn more about their culture and talk to them about God and minister to them. I can't imagine a better vacation.
What is your favorite time period and culture to read about?
*Face palm* Uhm... World War Two and the Cold War? They about tie. And of course you know what my favorite culture to read about is... so I'll go with my second favorite culture- either Australia, Germany, Scotland or Israel. I can't decide! I really love foreign cultures and reading about them.
You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation, tap dancing… what is your act comprised of?
I'd invite other people to do the recitation and tap dancing and comedy (I'm horrible at comedy :P) and I'd sing a song or two in Gaelic and Russian and Hebrew. The others could do the rest, I can't dance for the life of me and don't even ask me to recite a poem. I'm not good at it, I'm afraid!
If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent?
Could I pick one of my own??? ;) I would go as either Andi from Circle C or Corrie from Journals. If I could go as one of my own characters, it's a toss up between Tatyana Dimitievna Melnikova or Emily Anna Jones.
Susan Marlow, Michael Phillips, Judith Pella. Hands down.
In which century were most of the books you read written?
1990s. Though I've read several older books, it just seems most of the books I like are from the 1990s.
In your opinion, the ultimate hero in all literature is…
Anne of Green Gables! I never read the real books, I read the children books when I was little. But Anne is always and forever will be everyone's favorite character. I love her from what I read in the children's books. :)
In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is...
James Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes. That guy... wow. He's kind of a psychopath. Or Emil Korsch from the Secret of the Rose series. I wanted to strangle that guy! He was so evil!
Describe your ideal dwelling place.
I'm not sure what this means... outside or in a home? Outside it's definitely a open field with swaying grass on horseback. Inside, a bedroom with a window seat. That's all I need. :)
Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence.
Very informal but not immodest, usually comprising of jeans, a cowgirl shirt and a belt buckle.
Three favorite Non-fiction books?
Agent 146: A Nazi Spy in America, A Spy At The Heart of the Third Reich and The Hiding Place. I think the Bible needs to be added into this list as a "well yes of course the Bible!" But I think the question was directed towards things like biographies and stuff. :)
Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon?
Riding my horse, trail riding, going for a walk, or reading outside.
Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character.
A dark brown Australian Akubra hat with a light tan band around it and a kangaroo etched on the side.
Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year.
Well, I can't really say them all. There's a lot. Definitely a Writer's Conference I attended last year where I was encouraged by my mentor to start pursuing publishing, my first trail ride on a large mountain with my horse, getting my first horse (a biggie!) and overcoming my anxiety and fear issues. Not to say the anxiety is gone, but I have a much better handle on it now, thanks to the Grace of God. <3
Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. -Proverbs 3: 5-6
Lead me in your truth, Oh Lord, and search me; for you are the God of my salvation. On you do I wait all day. -Psalm 25:5
When I was upset and beside myself, you calmed me down and cheered me up. -Psalm 94:19
God's word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -Psalm 119: 105
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