Charlotte Page-Sinclair is the protagonist of my upcoming story The Lavish Northrup Hall. As I've stated in a previous blog post, I have an old soul. So when the idea of writing about a witty, sophisticated and educated black woman scholar in 1920's England popped in my head, I jumped on it. I must say, it isn't easy to create a character. Essentially, you're making a person out of thin air. If you want them to be compelling then you have to come up with a backstory, flaws and quirks as well as motives and desires.
As an anthropologist, I wanted to pay homage to my work and the works of the late Zora Neale Hurston. She is the primary inspiration behind Charlotte Page Sinclair, who is also an anthropologist and folklorist studying under the tutelage of a well respected college professor. Charlotte, in a similar manner, is a central figure in a political and social movement in Harlem as well. I consider her witty, spunky and fun. Hurston's quotes are so rejuvenating to me. Perhaps it is because I'm writer and anthropologist still evolving in my craft. So... here are my top 5 Zora Neale Hurston quotes that gets me up in the morning.