Wow, I have put this family through it! Today I want to tell you about my main family, who they are and the process it took me to get to the present family situation.
Originally, the family consisted of Richard, 16, and Dixie, 13. They were orphans who lived at a boarding house in Richmond…then South Carolina. It was hard deciding where I wanted them to be from. They lived in a boarding house along with their friend Tyler Nace.
Then I decided to add a younger brother, 10 year old Michael. Drummer boy aspect, you know. Well, I learned some more about a soldiers life during the War for Southern Independence, and though my ages were alright, some of the things I wanted them to do merited an older person. Plus, after reading what I had ready to my sister, Sarah, she insisted they have parents.
Enter Mason Family #3, with Samuel (Papa), Ellen (Mama), Isaac (21), Richard (18), Seth (16), Dixianna (13), Michael (10), Cynthia (6), and Gerald (4)…too many people and way too confusing. Isaac became their married cousin; Cynthia, a younger cousin and neighbor; Gerald disappeared completely. :)
I could easily handle a four child family. (I did change Samuel to Silas, though.) But back in those days, families tended to be larger. So, there were three siblings vaguely mentioned, who died: Silas Jr., a year older than Richard, who was stillborn; Elijah, Dixie’s twin, who died at a few weeks old; and last of all, Alden, who was born when Michael was 6 and died a few months later.
So, this is basically the structure for the family, with three main changes: Dixie is 15, Elijah and Silas Jr. disappeared, and Michael is 12, turning 13 by the end of the book. Baby Alden was the only one to actually die as a child. Oh, and of course we still have Silas, Ellen, Richard and Seth.
Now for a few fun facts about the Mason family!
The descriptions for my fictional family pretty much line up with my real family’s opinions, but we do have some differences of opinion on Seth. Seth, in my mind’s eye, is on the shorter side, slim, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Others agree with hair and eye color and height, but his frame varies. Oh, well. We all make up in our minds what a person looks like and no matter what the description states, you will always see them your way. :)
Hope you enjoyed this random break from my usual posts! Sometimes, it’s fun to try something off topic. Have a great day!
Christian. American. Southern. Author.
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