Mothers in Literature | Top Ten Tuesday

Happy Tuesday friends 🙂

I’m working on a few blog posts for the next few weeks, updates on my progress and for my Crafting the Series posts that I’ve neglected utterly in the wake of too many writerly goals and personal issues.

But I’ve been seeing a few TTT posts around and thought it might be fun to add this to my weekly blog lineup as I try to create a semblance of order here.

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, it’s a weekly meme that’s all about books and lists based on a theme.

This week’s theme is a mother’s day related freebie! All you have to do is link back to their page. VOILÀ

As many of you may know, the main character in my debut novella is a single mother named Eléonore who fights demons by night while caring for her six-year old son, Étienne.

So my interpretation today is ten fictional mothers who inspired Eléonore!

Ready? Here we go 🙂



 Harry Potter as a series defined much of my childhood and inspired a lot of my writing when I was younger. So it seems natural that some of that would rub off on Eléonore’s journey.

Though Lily’s role in the series is limited to flashbacks, it is her initial sacrifice that sets the plot in motion. And that act of sacrificing oneself for one’s child, that selfless drive to give up one’s life for another, is a quality that Eléonore is imbued with and guides most of her actions throughout the novella.



Of course, another mother from the Harry Potter series, and one who is far more prominent is dear Mrs. Weasley. A firecracker of a character, she has so much heart to her and yet is stern towards her children and husband. Her fierce nature though makes her a protective maternal figure and she, pardon my French, kicks ass when the ones she loves are in peril.

That spitfire spirit is one Eléonore owns… in my humble opinion 😉





The strong maternal figure raising four daughters, Marmee is a gentle and compassionate woman who performs her motherly duties while her husband is away at war and, for a good part of the book, is the figurehead of the family. She also acts as a moral compass for the girls in their lives.

While Eléonore herself might lack a proper moral code, she does her utmost to impress upon Étienne the need to follow a steadier path than she.


There are plenty of mothers in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by good ol’ George RR Martin, from the ruthless Cersei to Mhysa Dany, Mother of Dragons. But I am prone to think back on Catelyn, a woman who loved her children to the point that she was willing to cut a deal with the Lannisters to save her daughters.

It’s that unflinching, uncompromising attitude that inspired certain actions on Eléonore’s part.


This retelling of the story of Dinah as found in the Bible is one about women primarily and the bond between mothers and daughters. But the spirituality between these women and the relationship that they embody is one I tried to capture in a similar way between Eléonore, Sinéand Rosalie–though this is something that grows in the books that follow.

It also inspired the sense that it takes more than one person to raise a child – that old ‘it takes a whole village’ idea that we’ve sorely lost on.


Mrs. Bennett might be one of the funniest mothers in literature, her satirical caricature set around arranging the best marriages for her child. It’s nothing that Eléonore has to work with, but there is a certain frenzy with which Eléonore acts and speaks and that’s in large part inspired by the rather frantically inclined Mrs. Bennett.


Not a mother from literature, I’m aware, but a fictional character that I would be remiss to not mention here. Anyone familiar with Gilmore Girls will recognize it for its central mother-daughter relationship and witty banter. It’s that banter that I really tried to hone with Eléonore, trying for dialogue that was sharp and witty, banter that flowed without feeling forced.

From reviews, it seems I’ve done this rather well. So thank you Amy Sherman-Palladino for inspiring me with rapid fire dialogue and cultural references!

Well, that’s less than ten, but anymore would be forcing the truth. Which mothers in literature have left an impact on you? For good or for bad.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

23 thoughts on “Mothers in Literature | Top Ten Tuesday

  1. I love Lily and Molly. And Catelyn. And I vaguely remember Marmee from Little Women. It was sooooo long ago when I read that book. But this is a nice list regardless. 🙂

    Have you read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak? Rosa Hubermann is quite a memorable foster mother for Liesel.

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  2. I haven’t read any of these books, not even HP but all the moms sound great. I know a few good lit mums such as Rosa in Book Thief although her role wasn’t as big as the dad, Hans. I also recently read two thrillers with wonderful moms, Here and Gone by Hayley Beck and Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite. Both moms were fighting for justice for their kids. Great topic.

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  3. Oh I ADORE Molly Weasley and I’m so happy to see her on so many lists for this week’s prompt!🎉 She’s so loving and just the way she adopts any smol wizard who needs her? fjadklsad precious Molly! I also think Catelyn Stark was seriously badass! I actually also admire what Cersei would do for her kids too! 🙈🙊

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  4. All of them are just fantastic, although I have to confess Molly is my favourite after that Deathly Hallows scene. 😉 Anyway, if I had to add one more to the list, it would be Sally Jackson from the Percy Jackson series. She sacrifices SO much for her son, Percy and yet is always hopeful and encouraging and filled with joy. I love her the best among YA parents, TBH! ❤

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  5. Wow! What a unique post! I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd and I never even really payed attention to the whole “powerful mother” theme that really does penetrate the text. For me, Harry’s momma has always just kinda been created as a way for Rowling to place Harry between the Muggle world and the Wizard World and create someone “unusual” out of Harry. Your thoughts about her as selfless and somewhat transformative in Harry’s life and the novel’s progression spreads a whole new light over the series!
    Happy Reading 🙂

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