Many of the comments I get about my book have to do with Freya's voice. As someone recently said in a review, "She is a fiery little bird whose kindness is infinite, but has to have the last, quirky word in the discussion". Fiery, kind and quirky. Awesome, my writing worked! That's exactly the tone I was looking for.
Let's admit it, as writers, the characters we write are in some ways reflection of ourselves, or at least a version of ourselves. I am in no way as quick on the draw at comebacks as Freya, usually I'm lying in bed when I manage to come up with the quippy, mic drop answer ("yes, but you're driving Miss Amorphophallus titanum"... oh, the laughs I would have gotten..). Freya also tends to see the best in people, even to a fault, where as I remain skeptical for a while. And fiery? Nope, fiery has never been an adjective of choice when describing Sonja. But even though on the surface these words don't describe how I act, in the introverted core of myself, I think I reflect Freya more than a little. And maybe writing gives me a chance to take that core that doesn't get seen as much and bring it to the surface.
Regardless, writing from Freya's point of view has been fun. Occasionally, she'll even talk to me and tell me she would not behave like that or she'll give me a high five for a particular good (bad) joke. She's a fun person to have riding along in my head while I'm seated at the computer typing away. I think I'll keep her around for awhile.