by Susan G Mathis
Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books—and movies. The book was a bestseller in 1908 and has been made into movies, cartoons, stage plays, and more. It’s a literary classic that tells about the adventures of an orphan girl named Anne Shirley who ends up living with—and becoming family with—an old maid and bachelor siblings who live on Prince Edward Island, Canada.
In my novel, Katelyn’s Choice, Katelyn loses her mother and struggles to change her gossiping ways and gets herself into trouble more often than not. Through her story, she evolves and grows, and she has successes and makes mistakes, just like we do.
As a novelist, my job is to create characters who become kindred spirits with the reader. Characters who come alive, inspire the reader, and provide life lessons along the way. As readers, we want to relate to the characters, whether they are contemporary, historical, or fantasy. Just like us, these characters are on a journey of change, and the reader gets to go on a journey with them. And often we become kindred spirits with them as we learn from their story. I hope my characters do just that.
Susan G Mathis is a multi-published author of Katelyn’s Choice, The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy and Christmas Charity—stories set in her childhood stomping ground, the beautiful Thousand Islands in upstate NY. Susan is also the author of a dozen other books. Susan makes her home in Colorado Springs. Find out more at www.SusanGMathis.com.