As promised, here are the FUN FACTS for my characters! Enjoy!
MALCOLM FRASER (the hero)
*He was adopted by Mary and Donald Findlay when they found him huddled behind their house in the snow. He was 6.
*His biological father killed his biological mother. (He kept his mother's maiden name as his last name.)
*He met his best friend and IPN colleague, Ian MacKenzie, in school shortly after he moved to the Findlay's home.
*Ian actually recruited Malcolm to work in the International Protective Network.
*He was engaged to be married once. The woman called off the wedding when she found out about his violent childood and because she was afraid he'd turn into his abusive father.
*His adoptive father taught him to use running as a way to deal with his anger and his feelings. He's run ever since no matter which country he's in.
*He listens to alternative music when he runs.
HEATHER WINCHESTER (the heroine)
*Her favorite movie is Indiana Jones-Raiders of the Lost Ark
*She grew up in Cooperstown, New York
*She's an only child whose parents were killed by a drunk driver. She was raised by her mother's sister.
* She received her Bachelor's degree from Byrne College, a fictional school in New York City.
*She'd read about the archeological sites in Scotland, specifically Skara Brae and Mae's Howe, while she was in high school. During her studies as an undergrad, she "fell in love" with Scotland and decided to research an exchange program for her graduate degree.
*Jamie MacDougall (the pub owner) proposed to Mary (Malcolm's right hand woman) during half-time at a football match.
*Mary said no. It took Jamie 2 more times proposing before she said yes. They've been together for 11 years, married for 6.
*Hagrid from the Harry Potter series was the inspiration for Jamie.
*Meggie MacDougall, the village gossip queen, tells everyone she'd like to get out of Glenhalish, but secretly she's terrified of leaving.
*Inspector Patrick Cameron became friends wih Malcolm and Ian when they moved to Edinburgh.
*Ian MacKenzie makes an appearance in Her Highland Champion and the next story, Fractured Paradise. He will be the hero of his own story hopefully later this year.
*The Kierlain House, Malcolm's bed and breakfast, was created after I stayed in the Glenfinnan House Hotel in Glenfinnan, Scotland.
So, do any of these FUN FACTS make you more curious about the story?