When Fiona, Shirley and I sat down to write our Holiday Miracles trilogy, we had to sort out our sisters first. Who was eldest, middle, youngest? What were they like? What was their role in the family? In a lot of ways, I think our characters have a lot of OUR individual characteristics. Shirley’s character, Grace, is a bit glam, independent, daring, fun. I’d use those words to describe Shirley (and add in another one: stylish!). Fiona’s character, Faith, is a bit of a peacemaker. She’s NICE. She doesn’t cause a lot of waves and in some ways removes herself from drama (there’s a reason why all three sisters live on different parts of the globe!). And my Hope – well, she tries to look after everyone. She takes a lot of responsibility on her shoulders. She likes to be in control so she knows things are done RIGHT.
Yeah. Like me. LOL.
But it got me thinking about birth order characteristics too.
So let’s have a quick look at birth order traits and if they suit our characters (quite unintentionally, at least on my part!):
OLDEST: strict, bossy, organized; a stickler for the rules, a high achiever who likes to please others. Oh my goodness- yes to all of those! Hope definitely shows oldest child characteristics!
MIDDLE: Often feels left out, often is. Tries not to make waves, even-tempered. Kind, helpful, generous, artistically inclined and introverted. Well, I can’t say for absolute sure since she’s Fiona’s creation, but that DEFINITELY sounds like Faith to me!
YOUNGEST: Creative, risk taker, good sense of humour, good at getting what they want, looks up to siblings, used to being pampered. I can tell you right now, that Grace is definitely creative (she’s a travel writer!), takes risks and travels all over the world, has a sharp wit, and is generally used to getting her way. Which makes butting heads with the hero soooo much fun….
So where you do fit into the birth order? I have some traits of the youngest child, but since my siblings are much older, I find I have a lot of traits of the oldest too. And a few, perhaps, of the only child, especially since I particularly liked to hang around my sisters and their friends who were much older, though I don’t think I have a sharing issue. J
You can catch the HOLIDAY MIRACLES trilogy right now – SNOWBOUND IN THE EARL’S CASTLE is an October release from Harlequin Romance, my SLEIGH RIDE WITH THE RANCHER is a November release, and Shirley’s MISTLETOE KISSES WITH THE BILLIONAIRE is already available via www.harlequin.com and will be in stores in December.
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