I've had this story on the backburner for a while, mostly because I'm having a hard time pegging down this character. Its in the fantasy/psychological horror genre, so it doesn't need to be perfectly realistic. But I would like this character to be as believable as it can. One of my protagonists is a wendigo (though she looks completely human), a trait she inherited from her mother (she was suffering from wendigo psychosis, and was in the process of becoming one after encountering it), who died in childbirth. She was raised in an isolated lodge by friends of her mother, up until the age of about 12-15. At this point, the husband begins to show signs of the psychosis and is ultimately shot by his wife. The wife begins to suspect that the protagonist is also under control of the wendigo, so she drives to the nearest town for "groceries" and never comes back. So the protagonist lives on her own up until adulthood. She's not completely isolated, as she's friends with a woman who works at a gas station on the edge of the woods, and she occasionally interacts with campers and hunters and the like. Plus theres the actual original wendigo lurking around, but that's a whole different issue. For the most part, she's lived on her own, supporting herself for over ten years. The main story takes place in the 1960s, so she would have been born in the late 1940's. What would be a believable age for a child/pre-teen to be able to live on their own without significant psychological trouble? And by significant, I just mean nothing horribly debilitating. I still want her to be able to function at least semi-normally in society. Obviously she has to deal with the trauma of seeing one parent shot, and being abandoned by the other. Though she wasn't particularly close to either, it still has a profound effect. I'd love to have any suggestions for traits that would make her seem more believable. Thanks!