Cecelia “Celie” Moore is an everywoman. She is quirky, fun, sarcastic, cute, and capable of bravery at the darkest moments. She is the antithesis of the typical heroine in appearance but her abilities throughout the book make her someone to reckon with.
Here is a sample from the book:
“I crawled back onto the couch and sat wrapped up in my soft green IKEA throw, my long auburn hair draped around me. Closing my eyes, I inhaled the lingering scent of dragon’s blood incense I had lit hours ago and then slowly exhaled. I didn’t know exactly how to meditate, but I had the gist of it and thought I would give it a shot. After some deep breathing, I tried to feel the energy of the earth flowing into my root chakra and my stress flowing up and out of my crown chakra. Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out. I did this for 5 or 10 minutes, waiting for my anxieties to leave me and for answers to come flooding in. Eventually the only thing that had left me was the feeling in my left foot. I wound up stomping around the living room, trying to get the feeling back while looking like a dancing Neanderthal.”
Celie has dark green eyes, long auburn hair, pale skin, and a button nose; just an innocent face. Did I base her off of myself? Maybe some of her traits, but I wanted you to envision her in your own way.
Her family history is muddy, with deep secrets that even she is unaware of. She also has psychic abilities, ones that lend themselves to the story in unexpected ways. Love her or hate her, she is the protagonist of the story, and I am incredibly proud of her story arc.