I've realised that I need to create a mentor/confidante character to fill in the gaps in my MC's arc. Eleanor isn't close to her own mother and I think she needs a strong, empowered, quirky older woman to give her the affection, emotional safety and honest tough love that will propel Eleanor through her journey of self-actualisation. I can see in my mind's eye that this woman needs to be sharp and fast and genuine and she needs to steal readers' hearts. She loves Eleanor (MC), and seeing Eleanor through her eyes will help readers have more compassion for the MC, who can be a bit standoffish. In addition, I've been looking for a way to explore the cross-cultural elements of 20th century rural Australia; specifically, the tensions surrounding indigenous rights and immigrants' status within the Anglo community. So I have two questions: 1) Would it be tokenism to make this mentor figure a non-Anglo ethnicity (perhaps a Greek immigrant or Australian Aboriginal woman), to provide a gateway to explore these cross-cultural themes? 2) I don't know any quirky, confident, wise, sassy older women. I'm in my 20's. I have a great imagination for characterisation but that will still only get me so far when I'm trying to create authentic dialogue between Eleanor and Ms X, when I don't have first hand knowledge of how such a character would think, speak, offer advice, hold back, speak her mind, etc... can anybody help me with this? Thanks in advance!