There was also an honourable mention there for one of my characters:
Cynthia from “The Woman Who Hatched A Fairy’s Egg” in A Series of Ordinary Adventures: I really just loved this story. The book in general explored a lot of LGBTQIA themes, but Cynthia was my favorite protagonist in the book. I hurt with her when she recalled Sophie, her lover/wife who had passed away. Her developing fondness for Matthew, which was more than casual friendship but not truly a romance, intrigued me and made me glad for her. Carroll doesn’t hit you over the head with LGBTQIA themes in her stories, but they’re definitely present and I appreciated that quite a lot.
Equally excitingly, all the Candlemark and Gleam books are on bookdepository.co.uk, including my A Series of Ordinary Adventures