In the first story to feature Emma Earl, she's about 28 years old and had been the Scarlet Knight (Scarlet Lady) for a few years. Since A Hero's Journey was the origin story, she would have to be younger than that. Then through some circuitous process I decided to make her much younger--19--and have her be this genius who had already earned her doctorate in geology.
|New, improved Emma!|
The added benefit to making her younger came in the sequels, where we get to watch her grow up. At the start of A Hero's Journey, she's only been on one date, which was a disaster. In the novel she falls in love for the first time and in the sequels has to deal with some consequences of love. That's something that wouldn't really be possible if she had been a fairly normal 28-year-old woman.
It just goes to show you how one minor-seeming change can have a huge impact.
And just for fun here's an animated GIF showing Emma from 2 to 18:
Z is for our last A to Z post: Zero Hour: The New Blogging Schedule