Q: Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
A: I finished reading Jane Eyre a while back, and I think she is my favorite heroine of all time. I read the book a few years ago and I don’t know if I just wasn’t grasping the beautiful language or the way the characters were so well constructed, but reading it for the second time, I was just blown away. Jane is the kind of woman I want to be. She’s meek, humble, has a bit of a temper, but she knows what’s right and wrong. She was able to completely deny herself and her feelings for Rochester by leaving him. But then when Mr. Rivers proposed for vocational reasons, she had enough sense to realize that she wouldn’t be marrying for love and though it made perfect logical sense to marry him, she refused because her heart said it wasn’t right. She’s able to discern who to listen to in certain situations, her head or her heart. And I admire that. Sometimes, I know in my head that something is or isn’t right to feel, but in the moment, it’s difficult to do the right thing. So I end up either a mess worrying about it or make impromptu decisions that should have been handled better. I admire Jane’s character immensely and I wish the author was alive so I could tell her how much reading the book meant to me at the time.