Writing a Redheaded Character

Writing a Redheaded



My latest release, Inspired by Grace, was published in May and I’m always looking for an opportunity to talk about it. The main character, Grace, is a redhead and I have done a little research on why an author might choose a hero or heroine to be a redhead. Here is the back cover intrigue to whet your appetite and help you understand what Inspired by Grace is about.


“She was never the demure lady who was afraid of getting her petticoat dirty. He was never the calm and collected lad who coddled her. What had started as friendship had evolved into something quite tangible . . .”

A lady always hopes that the man she falls in love with will sweep her off her feet in a dramatic and graceful way. Well, for Grace Iverson, at least it was dramatic. Her childhood best friend, Gavin Kingston—now His Grace, the Duke of Huntsman—is still just as clumsy as ever.

Despite their painful separation as children, a chance encounter has offered them a second opportunity for happiness. But after ten years apart, they both carry hidden scars. Trust takes time. And soon, forces from the past threaten to destroy the love they both have hoped for all of their lives.

Can Grace’s best friend break down her emotional fortress and prove his love before she disappears from his life a second time?

This lovely Regency romance started well before either of them knew what they wished for in a partner; but it will surely be one that stands the test of time.

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I chose to talk today about why an author might pick a character to be a redhead. Take a minute and think about your own personal views on the redheads in your life. According to South Park, they supposedly “don’t have a soul”, which of course no one really believes, but do they tend to have similar personality traits? So why does an author pick a character to be a redhead? Here is a table of facts and what it might mean to personality traits of redheads.



Supposed personality trait

·1-2% of humans have red hair but have influenced history out of proportion to their numbers


If you want to influence someone, and make an impact, make your character a redhead
·According to a sex researcher, Mr. Werner Habermehl, they have more sex than other hair colors.


Redheads have more fun
 Hitler supposedly banned the marriage to redheads in order to prevent deviant offspring


Redheads will have strong opinions and not follow the crowd
·71% if redheads think that the word “bold” describes them which for blondes it is only 48%


Redheads have a high sense of self confidence and will fight if needed
·49% of those polled think blondes are naïve but only 15% think redheads are


Others perception of redheads is that they are smart
·The same gene mutation that causes red hair also affects the way redheads respond to pain and anesthetics. Redheads are resilient and can endure a great deal of heartache
·In Michelangelo’s Temptation in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Eve is initially depicted as having brown and blonde hair, but after she eats the apple she is depicted as a redhead.



I’ll let you figure out what this means (No need to get into a religious argument! Ha Ha)


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So as you can see, a redheaded character could be a very strong Hero or Heroine for a book’s plot. They are smart, deviant, have strong opinions, leave an impact on people, resilient, and have more fun! What more can an author ask for in a main character? Of course, many of you know the real reason I chose a redhead as my main character. Grace was based off my daughter, Paige. I find it interesting though that her character fits all these characteristics! I knew she could be a strong female lead! She truly is an inspiration.


I hope you enjoyed these little facts. Do you know any redheads that fit the typical stereotype? Know any other facts that might have been left off?

Comment to enter a chance to win a paperback of Inspired by Grace. I am giving away two copies! (U.S. only, sorry!!)


Jeanna Ellsworth

Hey Lady Publications

23 Responses to Writing a Redheaded Character

    • We all wish we were a redhead! I am lucky because i have the perfect skin tone to be a redhead and when I dye my hair, it naturally is slightly red. Everyone just thinks it is my natural color!

    • Ahhh, you love your mother in law! Love that! And the “redheads don’t have souls” is kind of a joke. I hear the rumor started after a South Park episode (stupid cartoon satire show). Personally I think it is hilarious that it stuck!

  1. What a great post, Jeanna, thanks! Loved your facts and comments and Paige’s photos are so stunning! Please don’t enter me in the giveaway, not only I live outside US, I already have a signed copy of your beautiful book :). Just like Ceri, I wanted to join in and comment on your post (and also tell Ceri that her comment got me in stitches 😀 )

    • You are welcome! They were fun facts. The sources I found had about 50 to chose from but I picked the best ones. Each one seemed to support what I wanted to say….which may be why I chose to add those particular facts!

  2. Well in my experience, the main characteristic attributed to red hair is a bad temper. I believe having red hair was meant to be a sign of being a witch (as was left-handedness) so goodness knows how I managed to end up with genes for both!

    I know that redheads tend to make vitamin D from sunlight much more efficiently due to our pallor, save us becoming deficient in winter! Also that within the UK, where I live, there is a higher proportion of people who carry the gene in Scotland, something like 40%. There is an anecdotal idea that it came to the UK via the Viking invaders which is why it’s unpopular but I think it’s just because it’s more unusual. However, Viking ancestry is a great excuse for having a bad temper 😉

    Please don’t include me in the giveaway as I’m outside the U.S., just wanted to join in the conversation!

    • Yes, a bad temper is a common one… Problem with this blog post was I couldn’t find a statistic that indicated that beside being bold. I did come across the Vitamin D fact when I researched however it didn’t fit with why an author would pick their character to be a redhead. So I do what any biased reporter does and told only part truths or half the facts. See? My mother (who is a staunch believer in FOX news -super conservative talk show in U.S.) would be proud that I was a bit conspiratorial in giving the info. Don’t worry, FOX news only delivers the facts we need to know. (smirk) In truth, I don’t think there is a single news carrier in the U.S. that is not biased.

    • I rarely see a redhead female that I do not think is stunning. However, I can’t say that about males. Only a portion of them wear it well.

    • It is true! The Irish are not the most prevalent. It is the Scotts that have the highest proportion of redheads. Close enough…JUST KIDDING

    • Oh, that reminds me of another fact I did not add. Redheads don’t go “gray” they go “white”. Their hair is also harder to color or perm.

    • Ditto! Once it was flaming red but it did not looks so good. Only used that color once. my best luck is dying it light brown and it turns red in doing so. With my skin tone I pull it off pretty easily

  3. I get called a redhead even though I’m more of a strawberry brunette, but my sister is a very coppery redhead and she is very much a confident, influential strong woman with a staggering pain tolerance. LOL I’ve always been fond of red headed women, but not men. For some reason it just doesn’t do it for me. LOL

    • Isn’t the pain thing amazing? I read that anesthesiologist are taught in school that the redheads need a significant more pain medication and sedatives to knock down. Not only do they endure pain better but they are resistant to being treated for the pain too! I’ve thought about that as a nurse too. IF a redheaded patient says she is in pain, I usually think, “It must be worse than another patient” or “she is hiding it better than other patients.” I try not to be a squeaky wheel gets the grease nurse and treat all pain.

  4. As a redheaded female, I have NEVER found a redheaded male attractive — too pale and pasty or something. But I do find that I have most of the traits listed. Some people call my “boldness” — brashness. But I have only been this way as an adult. I can be very direct – what you see is what you get – deal with it. ;-p

    If you get a chance, watch Tim Minchin’s video with his song “Prejudice”. 🙂

  5. Well, I love to think of Bingley as a redhead, or ginger. However, in just about every story I’ve read, Bingley does not embrace many of your “Supposed personality traits.” Caroline, on the other hand, could be a different story. Your daughter makes the perfect Grace. Thanks, Jeanna

  6. Love these facts! Like your daughter, mine is blond with lots of red highlights. She insist that she has no red in her hair. And if you even start to mention it she hushes you. Than states she has a soul! Lol! She has all the traits listed about and more, quite an amazing girl (even though she’s my daughter).

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