Facts and Fiction
Often when you create characters for your novel, a minor player turns out to have a backstory as rich and convoluted as the protagonist's. Such is the background of Mortar Thielman of my Resort Debauch trilogy.
Mortar was a smuggler. He lived with his lover and business partner, Surah Rudnitsky. With their wide-reaching web of contacts, they strove to build a felonious empire. But Mortar fell in love with Mari, who encouraged him to leave his nefarious ways.
Surah saw everything she’d worked toward slipping away. Her many attempts to split them up failed. In desperation, she grabbed the first man she saw, became pregnant, and told Mortar the child was his.
This was astounding news. Mortar came from a world of quick-thinking, highly intelligent people. Like him, they were of short stature and had white hair. But their world was poisoning them, making them infertile. Each generation saw a decline in offspring until there was only a few thousand of his race left.
Mortar never expected to have a child, and he was thrilled. But part of him was suspicious. He had the baby’s DNA checked. When he learned the baby wasn’t his, he left Surah and married Mari. Under Mari’s firm hand, he became a legitimate businessman and, five years later, built his empire. Adding to that, Mari bore a daughter, a diminutive girl with white hair whom they named Anneliese.
Surah never married. She raised her son on vitriol. He grew up believing he had been cheated all his life and that everything Anneliese had should be his.
That’s where the story begins.
The Resort Debauch Trilogy is currently under refurbishment. Look for its relaunch later this year.