This week at WordWranglers, we're talking fave heroines.
For any of you who follow this blog, you know I prefer western heroines. (This is my sister Suzan pictured here).
I've said until I can see you all rolling your eyes and stifling a yawn.
I don't blame you. I tend to repeat myself. LOL
But I truly do admire the western woman. The pioneer woman. I wish I could post a picture of my grandmother here. But I don't have any pics of her on digital. By the time I got my digital camera, she had Alzheimers, and she didn't like to be photographed any longer.
My grandmother had a hard life. She stayed home with her own mother, who was ill, until she was in her early thirties. In her time, she was an old maid. But she did marry and had four children. She was a farm life with all the entails. Lambing sheep, canning fruit, raising kids. She was the best cook I ever met. You never left her table hungry. She could make a meal out of flour and water. I'm not kidding.
She was uncommonly strong, physically. Probably all those years of hard work built her muscles. When she was in her eighties, I would go over to help her mow her lawn, it was more than two acres, she would insist on doing every other pass with the mower herself.
My dad often talks about how Grandma herded sheep on foot. They walked for hundreds of miles to and from summer pasture. She had a huge garden that she canned the most amazing pickles and beets from.
I'm not drawing the most accurate picture of her. There aren't enough words to dexcribe my grandmother, Margaret Brock Linscott. She died four years ago this August, and I miss her terribly.
One of the ways I keep her alive is by using little pieces of her in my stories. My hero's mother in The Cowboy's Baby cooks like Grandma did. Small mannerisms or saying she used also pop up from time to time. In Branded, Cord's friend Millie shoots a shotgun to break up a fight. I'm not saying Grandma did that, but she could have.
I think men and women all over the world have parents and grandparents like my Grandma Linscott, but I'm lucky enough to be able to draw on her memory for heroines in my books.