Someone asked me recently which of my fictional characters is my favorite. I stumbled for an answer because I grow very attached to my characters and appreciate all of them—even the gnarly ones, or the haughty and conceited. I’ve joked they are like good friends. I certainly spend vast amounts of time with them and know their favorite color, their idiosyncrasies, and their biggest fears and weaknesses. Truth is, although they are fictional, in a way I possess many of the same personality traits as they do. Although I try my best to be Mrs. Perfect, I realized long ago that it’s impossible for us mortals to be flawless. 
As I pondered my friend’s question—much to my surprise—I realized many of my favorite characters are male. I’m extremely fond of artist Henry Marsh in A Portrait of Marguerite. Not that I care for him more than Marguerite, but I hold Henry in high esteem. In my Amish novel Leaving Lancaster, I’m very fond of my male characters, Zach Fleming, a Mennonite veterinarian, Nathaniel King, an Amish widower, and Holly’s Amish grandfather. Zach, Nathaniel, and Grandpa Jeremiah remain favorites in my newly released Pennsylvania Patchwork, Leaving Lancaster’s sequel. Plus, I added a new male character in Pennsylvania Patchwork whom I like so much I might just bring him along to my next Amish novel, the one I’m working on now. I love that illusive fellow! 

I’m giving away a copy of Leaving Lancaster and Pennsylvania Patchwork to one lucky reader who requests the book at his or her library. To be entered, please leave a comment on this blog post letting me know what library you requested the book at and how you requested it (email, a form filled out online or at the library, etc.).

Speaking of giveaways, the winner of last week’s Amish doll giveaway is Pat Cowans! Congratulations, Pat! Please email your mailing address to my assistant, Caitlin: caitlin {at} litfusegroup {dot} com.