backstory, character change, historical fiction, sidekick, writing a sequel


Cold Comfort is in final draft stage, and I’m happy with what I’ve done with the character of Wanda, the ‘sidekick’ of my first novel, The Girl on the Mountain.

Wanda as a child was charming, spontaneous, and shocking to her elders. Cold Comfort takes place fifteen years later.

My first problem was how to transition Wanda to a grown-up.

Other characters in The Girl on the Mountain described Wanda as “undisciplined.” For Cold Comfort I decided to let her be the aggressor in romance, and to put her in conflict with other characters. Bad experiences and the loss of her husband have given her a desire for revenge. She continues to carry a knife, and this time it gets her in big trouble.

Wanda’s character is darker in Cold Comfort, but plenty of others offer comic relief. Readers of The Girl on the Mountain will also catch up with May Rose, whose full story is yet to be told!