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.
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)|
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?
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