Confession: Almost nothing made me nervous about starting the Wilfair books back in 2009. Taking on a major project and setting it in a fairly zany world can give anyone the collywobbles, but I subscribe to confidence, fun, and being true to yourself, things that made this project a joy.
But... I was a little hesitant, at first, as I fashioned Ms. Fair Finley's character. As a comic book fan and admirer of tough heroines, real and fictional both, I knew that I, too, wanted a strong-hearted heroine, but I didn't want to start her story where her toughness was already a foregone conclusion.
The Wilfair books, in short, are Fair's prelude to becoming a bad ass.
Kirsti over at Melbourne on My Mind recently picked Fair Finley as one of the ten characters she'd dress as for Halloween, and what she said about our Fair resonated with me.
5. Fair Finley (Wilfair series - Alysia Gray Painter)
Fair, by the way, ends the books as her own pretty nice self, the person who wants everyone to win and nobody to be sad, but she is, in my mind, leaps and lightyears ahead from where she started.