It’s inevitable that a writer’s life experiences sometimes find their way into her stories. I have shamelessly used the names of my children and grandchildren for many of my heroes and heroines.
That can be a challenge. Some 21st century names simply don’t lend themselves to a medieval setting. For example, one of my grandsons is named Bradley and I doubt there were many men of that name in the Middle Ages.
My granddaughter Peri presented a challenge of a different sort.
You might think her parents named her for the Persian fairy, but you’d be wrong. They were taken with the actress Peri Gilpin of Frasier fame!
I decided the name of the heroine of Hearts and Crowns would be Peridotte, after the green gemstone, peridot. I also gave her the family name de Pontrouge, because my son-in-law was originally from Redbridge in Ontario.
Peridotte de Pontrouge is as precious a jewel as her name implies, but her husband’s previous experiences with women have made him mistrustful of the fairer sex, and he refuses to acknowledge what a treasure he has in his new wife.
When my Peri was a toddler she was badly scalded and spent several weeks in Toronto Sick Kids Hospital. The medical team there worked miracles and today she is a beautiful thirteen year old who’s into soccer big time!
In Hearts and Crowns, Gallien comes to realize how much he loves Peri when she is badly scalded by the villain and her life hangs in the balance.
Hearts and Crowns is Book One of a three book series. It’s available as a stand-alone novel or as part of bundled set with Fatal Truths and Sinful Passions. The series covers the twenty-year period of civil war when Stephen and Maud vied for the throne of England in the twelfth century.