I don’t have a date for this, but it must have been sometime between 2009 and 2012, and quite near to the start of when I was working on Light. It’s a Q&A I found and filled in for Keiran Quinn, my more-or-less superhero for the book. I found it on a piece of paper today while I was tidying (read: procrastinating writing) and it is transcribed below. Some of it didn’t survive to the storytelling, but it was fun to find it. I’d forgotten I originally wanted Keiran to be a nurse. He ended up being someone who dropped out of nursing school because his telepathy made it too hard to handle people in pain – instead, he became a massage therapist, as he could handle that level of discomfort, and sneakily uses his telepathy to figure out “where it hurts.” Also I swapped which parent was dead. I also got rid of a brother, and moved Karen to the spa (I also can’t help but grin about how “KAREN” is written in block caps – she was named for my university friend who stood by me through some crappy times).
That was all I had on my first run at Keiran’s character, apparently – what sorts of things do you figure out about characters when you’re brainstorming?