|Many times I will read a
book or see an article about what inspired an author to write something
the way he or she did. I enjoy the little quirks and curiosities
that caused someone to create a setting or characters in the fashion they
did. How did Agatha Christie come up with her ideas? Why does
Stephen King have a fascination with Maine? What was going on in
Shakespeares life that caused him to write Romeo & Juliet?
So in the event that someone
has the same desire to know like I do... I write this.
We will start at the beginning.
I have always had a thrill for The Highlander ever since catching the final
fight scene on random Saturday afternoon. Then to find out it was
a regular series just was to much of a great thing.
It wasn't until several years
later, while in college, that I took a course that just didn't hold my
attention. I made the mistake of sitting by the window during the
Spring semester class. As the weather got nicer, my mind wandered
from the Elements of Mathematics to The Highlander. What kinda other
people would I like to see on the show. I wrote down a few character
ideas. I started out by basing the main characters on myself and
my best friend. If I could live the adventurous life, what would
I do? So Conner Durham and Remington Defoe became our literery alter-egos.
The names were choosen with
care. Durham was the name of a superhero in a short lived comic book
idea Mike and I had. Conner had been a favorite name of mine for
years. Remington was someone similarlly choosen. Mike had a
like fo the X-Men superhero, Gambit (also known as Remy Lebue). Then
I had read somewhere that the meaning of the name Defoe meant 'noble'.
I had envisioned Remy as noble and so he was named.
The names of Joseph Walen
was choosen because of my like for the band Stone Temple Pilots.
The lead singer, Scott Weiland, was a favorite of mine. I modified
the last name and went from there.
Angelic Munroe is also a
combination of things. During the time I first started writing this...
I had a wild crush on a person named Angelique. I even based her
looks her ficticious conterpart. The last name is from my favorite
X-Men character Storm (also known as Ororo Munroe).
Geoffrey Kairn is a jab at
my father. Being the antagonist of the story allowed me to vent some
feelings about my estranged father, named Jeff. Call me passive-aggressive,
but it works for me.
Most of the other characters
were choosen at random from names I found that seemed to flow. I
check all sorts of places... Phone books, movie credits, TV credits...
whatever was on.
The other major significant
name was that of the bar that was mentioned in Two Of A Kind. The
Oasis is the namesake of the band Oasis. They sang one of my favorite
songs, Live Forever. Which I also consider to be the theme song for
An Immortal Saga if there was to ever be a soundtrack.
I like to 'live' through
my work. If there is something that I would liek to do but never
could for whateverreason. You can be sure that Conner, Remy, and
friends will be attempting it in a story somewhere along the line.
Thanks for taking interest
and reading. Keep in touch
C. Scott Rodgers