Each character in The Return of the Great Flyer is an amalgam of attributes from people I know or have met at some point in my existence. There are bits of myself swirled in there as well. I was thinking recently about what character of mine I identify with the strongest. I thought about it for a few hours and went back to writing the last chapter of the book. It took me a bit to figure it out; Henry is who I need to be but is mostly a patchwork of people I have loved very deeply. Lucy is who I want to be. Kind, understanding, nurturing and talented. People can’t help but like her. Her warm light and gentle nature is infecting. She is the best of people with an old soul and enormous open heart. I am definitely not Roman Hatfield; not too many sociopathic tendencies and I have no desire to overthrow anything or anyone. I would, however, like to hypnotize a few people and trick them into doing all my housework. I finally, after hours of analyzing, realized which character I identify with the most. It was surprising and may be difficult to articulate to those who haven’t read the book and don’t know me very well. Of all the characters… I am Myra.
Myra Hatfield just wants to belong somewhere. She has nothing in common with the debutantes in her high society social circle. Money is their only commonality. She is a pariah because she isn’t strikingly beautiful and has different interests than those she is forced to associate with. Myra is clever, funny and sweet. She is also painfully awkward. She spends most of her life in love with Henry who sees her as a nuisance. She is the character who will surprise readers the most. Myra has an untapped reservoir of strength and courage. Her heart is true and she longs to do what is right and good. The unfortunate dilemma Myra faces, is a shaky and questionable loyalty to her father. She knows what he is planning is terribly wrong. She loves her father as he is her only remaining relative. He has cared for her to the best of his abilities and provided her with a quality education and a plethra of cultural experiences. Who does she choose? Henry or her father, Roman? One lesson to learn here is to NEVER count out Myra Hatfield!
I may not have the same issues Myra faces but I think we are kindred spirits in the way that I know what it is to feel differently than everyone else. I occasionally have different interests in everything from films to music to my intense need to get one of those giant domestic cats. I have odd views on religion and politics and way too often, give people the benefit of the doubt. There are many, many Myra’s out there, searching for their tribe. Best of luck to them all. I am living proof that occasionally, weird pays off…
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