It’s time to have a little discussion of Essie from Ryan and Essie. (Very easy to remember, right?) Essie starts out as a child, although the later areas of the book feel slightly older. So perhaps she aged a touch traveling through that wormhole to Caricanus. She seems 9 at the beginning, a very destined-for-something little girl, and is perhaps 12 at the end when she and Ryan have their big growth experience and learn to see each other’s POV.
I can’t describe how long I’ve worked with the Essie character. She truly feels like someone I have always known. Essie’s personality is blazingly distinctive. She is the sort of person who seems created to mess things up. She often does risky, weird, or questionable things with literally no regard for safety—her own or other people’s. She is astonishingly resilient and is so foolhardy because she seems to know she won’t get much hurt. That’s not the sort of thing that happens to Essie. It happens to other people.
Her bounce-back optimism amounts to aggression a lot of the time. She pushes other people beyond their endurance—in the tragic case of the plant-girl Crissy, for instance—because she can’t sympathize. This experience with Crissy helps her gain wisdom and awareness of other people’s boundaries, but it has to go to the ultimate because only then can they get past Essie’s staring green eyes into her head. Essie knows she is special. But she has to respect the gifts and needs of other people and that’s hard for her.
Essie is that brash because she is like no one else. I can mix and match a bit with my other heroines, but Essie has always had an exact appearance. She is short and strong. She has a snub nose, a proud, slightly dimwitted smile. She has curly, tangled red hair and bright green eyes. And she is almost like a force of physics—the Law of Something or Other, possibly not yet discovered, that bounds into alcoves and changes the world.
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7 books published and 3 more on the way. Farmer's daughter, Star Wars fan, loves to read rather than talk about reading. Always has time to finish her WIP.