Yesterday, in my mail was a post card from one of students, Annie - one of the babes! It was of Glamis castle. She was in Scotland and thought of me. I was delighted with the postcard and her dedication to 'our' story.
The castle she had visited sounded interesting and so I researched it. It was centre of a small thanage in Scotland. I needed a small thanage in Scotland and so Annie provided me for a new character.
Now, because of Annie, he has just been asked to be the king's advisor.
What a wonderful twist. This red-head, robust middle-aged man is so full of life he leaps about in my writing - I can barely contain him and he makes me smile. He is a good, solid bloke who is that father of seven children. His wife, whom he adores, has suffered EVERY pregnancy so he had learnt the art of muddling through those eight months of hell.
I really, really like him. So does Fleance.
The people you meet, eh?