Meet Pippin Lane Hawthorne

Pippin is the heroine of my Book Magic books. She’s 29 years old and has a twin brother named Grey.

If you’ve read Murder in Devil’s Cove, you know that Leo Hawthorne, Pippin and Grey’s father, was a huge Tolkien fan. Pippin was named for Peregrin, and Grey for Gandalf.

I’ve been doing a #15DaysInMyWritingWorld on Instagram. One of the daily prompts was about my favorite themes. All of my books feature strong female relationships. Often those relationships are familial–mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters, and even bonding with a stepdaughter. Other times the relationships are between friends. In Murder in Devil’s Cove, Pippin, Ruby, and Daisy form a bond, as well as one with Hattie Juniper Pickle. These friendships are so important for Pippin because she never formed strong relationships in the past.

Pippin is a survivor. She’s learning to read (it’s always been a struggle for her) and she’s turning the house she and Grey inherited into an Inn. She has always had her brother, but they are starting to go their separate ways. This means Pippin is also figuring out how to be on her own. That independence means her friendships become that much more important to her.


Here is a snapshot of Pippin:

  • Height: Somewhere between 5′ 6″ and 5′ 7″.  Her mother, Cassie, was 5′ 5″. Although Leo was tall (6′ 2″), Cassie’s height at 5′ 5″ keeps Pippin a little shorter.
  • Hair: Strawberry red with coppery strands. Pippin favors her mother, while Grey has dark hair like their father.
  • Pippin has a dusting of freckles across her nose.
  • During the lovely spring and summer days on the Outer Banks, Pippin loves her sundresses and her white sneakers. She’s casual, preferring jeans, t-shirts, and sandals to a fancy dress and heels.
  • Pippin has always struggled with reading. Her parents kept her away from books because of the family gift/curse. Grandmother Faye did the same after Cassie and Leo were gone. Pippin is determined to learn. She has mild dyslexia, though it’s never been diagnosed. She simply fell between the cracks, never a great student in school, but managing to get through.
  • After high school, Pippin wandered. She worked in garden centers here and there. Neither she or Grey went to college.
  • The loss of her parents made Pippin withdraw into herself. This, along with her insecurities–especially with reading–affected her ability to make friends.
  • Like her mother, she gardens. 
  • Pippin’s connection to the rescue pup become incredibly important to her.
  • She is a bibliomancer!
Pippin is a fun and interesting character to write. I hope you love her as much as I do!