The character reveal is a new feature on my website. Characters from my books (in print or works in progress) will answer questions from a standard personality assessment test.
Today’s character reveal character is Irene.
Lady Irene Susan Earnshaw nee Clarke was twenty-two when she appeared in My Soul to Keep. Now, twenty-six, she plays a major role in If I Should Die. Daughter of Donald and Kara Clarke. Younger sister to Miranda Clarke.
1. Who is your role model?
The good Christian, Carrie Nation. She had the strength to act upon her faith. Had she lived long enough, she would have been a good Fellowship member.
2. Who knows you the best?
My mother. She’s gone now, so I suppose the person who knows me best now is my husband, Felix. But, you know men; he doesn’t really understand women.
3. What would your friends say about you?
I hope they would say that I am a good mother, a good wife, and a good Fellowship member.
4. What is the question people ask you most often?
People ask many things. They ask what it was like seeing my husband perform his first miracle. They also ask what it’s like living with, being the wife of the Prophet.
5. What is the thing you’d never say to another person?
I would never say something that would lead another person astray.
6. What is your greatest achievement?
My daughters, Sandra and Annabelle.
7. What is your greatest failure?
Being a lackluster Fellowship member earlier in my life.
8. What did you learn from your greatest failure?
I learned that God is all-powerful. Miracles can and do happen. Miracles like my daughter, Annabelle.
9. What is the thing you are most proud of?
One thing? I can’t choose one. I’m proud of my husband and my daughters.
10. What would you like to change about yourself?
If I am totally honest, I wish I knew God’s purpose for me. I know that sounds vain. I should be grateful for the role he’s given me—to be the Prophet’s wife. But I have the sense that there is more that he wants me to do—some greater purpose. I pray each night that I will learn that purpose so I can better serve my husband and the Lord.
11. If something in your house breaks, what is the first thing you do?
I used to tell my husband. Now, I tell his secretary and she arranges a repairman to come out.
12. What is the greatest obstacle you’re facing right now?
If you had asked me a few months ago, I would have said adjusting to life in America again. It’s so different from life in Buenos Aires. But right now, my loneliness is my biggest obstacle. God forgive me, but I miss having my husband to myself. I miss keeping house and walking the girls to school and visiting the market.
13. How do you like to “waste” your time?
I don’t waste time. I invest it in my daughters, my husband, and my faith.
14. What is the ritual that helps you calm down?
15. What is your favorite place in town?
Here? In the District? I don’t have one in town. Here in the states? Before, I would have said the beach house. Now, I don’t know—I haven’t found one yet.
16. What do you prefer–a book, a movie or a theater play?
The Bible. Most books, movies, and plays are morally corrupt.
17. What was the happiest period of your life?
I’d have to say in Buenos Aires—before my husband’s first miracle. I would not go against God’s will. And I adore Annabelle. But I was happy being the wife of an unknown man, the mother of their daughter. We were poor but happy.
18. What is your most treasured memory from childhood?
The Christmas I was five. Mother and Father were both home. And Santa brought me a baby doll that could drink from a bottle.
19. What was your favorite game when you were a child?
I loved giving my dolls a tea party.
20. What is the greatest injustice you’ve lived through?
The exile of my family. My Father and Mother did nothing but serve the Fellowship. They didn’t deserve—especially not from their own—I’m sorry, I can’t. I pray every night that the Lord give me the strength to overcome my anger and forgive her but I’m only human.
I invite you to take part in this an all future character reveals. If you are an artist or doodler and have drawn an image of Irene or any other character in one of my books, send me a digital copy. With your permission, I’ll post it on the character’s page on this website and share it on social media.
Did you enjoy this character reveal? Based on Irene’s answers above, what question would you ask of Irene? Is there a character from My Soul to Keep you’d like to see answer these questions in the next character reveal?