Hi. My name is Susanna. My life goal is follow Christ my Savior wherever He would lead me and announce His good news wherever I go. I love reading intimidating books and exploring the world from my kitchen. Also, I have a particular talent for burning soup.
To me, the most important qualification for any hero or heroine is selflessness. Heroines are people who think more for others than they think for themselves. Out of this genuine care flows tiny acts of comfort and kindness and/or incredible bravery and sacrifice depending on the situation and need.
3. Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to.
1. Josephine March – Little Women
Jo March is certainly not perfect. She is strong willed and overly emotional. But at the end of the day, she loves her sisters and would do ANYTHING to care for them. I relate to her a lot because I have three sisters. Sometimes we laugh at how similar we all are to the March girls. I am the writer, drama queen, and man of the house. My older sister is a sweet and practical woman of the home, just like Meg. My two younger sisters are almost creepily similar to caring relaxed Bess and dramatic artist Amy.
2. Antonia Shimerda – My Antonia
Antonia again is not perfect, but she cares deeply about all the people in her life. Despite a rough childhood and even more difficult adolescence, you’ll never find her complaining. Instead she just presses on, always doing the best she can, with a smile on her lips.
3. Sofya Semyonovna – Crime and Punishment
Sonya is the definition of sacrifice. She literally gives up everything she holds dear for those around her. And yet, despite the fact that she hits rock bottom and then continues falling hard, she stands strong by holding to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She never complains or becomes angry with life or God. Instead she shines forth the beauty of Christ to those around her by reminding them that God is not the God of prevention, He is the God of resurrection.
4. Ann Elliot – Persuasion
Ann is definitely my favorite Jane Austen heroine. Despite being quiet and introverted she is incredibly strong. While no one in her family quite appreciates her, they all depend on her constantly. She is faithful, sure, and caring. To me she was an example of a woman who was meek and quiet without being weak or timid. She has strong views and morals without being pushy or preachy. She lives out her philosophy by caring for every person and situation around her.
4. Five of your favorite historical novels?
Only five? Oh please!
-War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
-Queen Margo by Alexander Dumas
-Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
-David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
-The Brothers Karamazov by Fydor Dhostovhesky
I’m just going to have to go with Andrei Bolkonsky from War and Peace. Tolstoy is a master of creating living breathing characters. Andrei is so respectable and yet so realistic, vulnerable, human. I still haven’t accepted the fact that he is a fictional character.
I have so many favorite side characters it is ridiculous. I think my all time favorite must go to the duo Aunt Betsey Trotwood and Mr. Dick. They are so simple and lovable. And I must say, I don’t think a funnier pair has ever existed in all of literature.
7. If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to – and what would you plan to do there?
So glad you asked… I have dreamed of touring the British Isles for, hmmm about my whole life. And guess what? I am leaving in two weeks! I can’t wait to share all my adventures here on the blog. It is going to be fantastic if I manage to avoid fainting from pure joy and excitement.
I kind of dream of traveling a lot. If you want to see some other trips I’ve thought of, check out my blog posts on Istanbul and Mongolia (my next two big dreams). Oh and also 10 libraries I must visit before I die (because we all judge towns by their library, right?).
To me, reading is an adventure. It offers me the opportunity to explore the world and the people in it across the centuries and around the globe, all from the comfort of my bed. I love variety.
As already mentioned, my main talent is a peculiar ability to burn soup. However if I had to perform on stage, I’d probably recite Emily Dickinson. She is my alter ego you know.
Ooh! So many choices. For some reason I kind of like the idea of portraying Beatrix Potter. Then after dinner I might change to Jo March or Catherine Di Medici.
11. Favorite author(s)?
Leo Tolstoy, Fydor Dhostovesky, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, A.A. Milne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Khaled Hossieni, Alexander Dumas, Victor Hugo, to name a few.
Jean Valjean from Les Miserables. He isn’t perfect, but the book covers his transformation from villain to perfect hero (all through the Grace of God).
Iago from the Shakespeare’s Othello. Man alive, I just could not stand the guy. He is the absolute opposite of selfless. He would do ANYTHING and hurt ANYONE to advance his social position and personal happiness.
I’ll start with a cutesy lil trailer that I can travel the world in. Then I’ll settle down for a year or two in a snazzy studio apartment in London or NYC. Next I’ll pick up a Ger (circular tent) and travel the steppes of Mongolia. When I get sick of Airag (Mongolian fermented horse milk) I’ll probably move to Nova Scotia and live inside a lighthouse to write longing stormy books by the seashore. When I am a confirmed old spinstress, I’ll settle down in a stone cottage conquered by vines and filled with nieces, nephews, and hedgehogs. Finally, when my best friend is a grandma and ready for a change, we will move into a dark castle somewhere in a forest in Europe to be hermits who knit, garden, and laugh uncontrollably.
Fashion is basically playing dress-up for grown-ups.
17. Three favorite Non-fiction books?
The World is Flat – Thomas Friedman
A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
Me, Myself, and Bob – Phil Vischer
Long walk or stand up paddleboarding session followed by fixing myself a chai tea latte and diving into a good mystery novel.
My dream hat? Would probably be made of straw with overly dramatic broad rims. It may or may not be covered in compasses, mostly broken ones, and watches that tick tick tick out of sink. There will be wildflowers woven messily through the holes in the straw and a special secret compartment to hold pens, notepads, and beef jerky.
Booking my ticket for Europe. I know this trip will incredibly impactful, I’m not sure how yet. I’m just praying that the Lord has His way.
21. Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.
I have recently been studying the book of Exodus and am really impressed with Exodus 3:14 which says “And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM. And He said, Thus you shall say to the Children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.”
God’s name is I AM. This indicates that he is the self-existing ever-existing one. He is the reality of every positive thing in the universe and is whatever we need. I’ve heard before that this title is like a blank check for us. You need patience? You need Strength? HE IS. We are not. In every situation our solution is not to try and be better, do better, by ourselves. Rather it is to enjoy and be infused with the All-Inclusive Christ!