Long before I thought about authors, I thought about characters. They were my heroes and I had more than a few. But if I had to choose one, it would be Betsy from the Betsy-Tacy series of books by Maud Hart Lovelace. They begin with Betsy-Tacy at the age of five and follow the two friends, and later a third friend, Tib into adulthood. The series began around 1940 and are still read today.
There is even a society.
Now, no these are not particularly adventurous girls but neither was I. They reflected the safe, sane world I long to find.
My other literary hero was a real one. I read THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK a dozen times or more. I kept hoping for another ending. I never got one but her ability to write and be brave was the most inspiring story I ever read.
Who was your literary hero?