How did the 3 Musketeers come to life in Broken Trust?

We decided we wanted to have three main protagonists who would work together in each of our books.  As we began developing the outline for Broken Trust, it became natural to call them the 3 Musketeers as that was a nickname given to them by their Harvard classmates who saw them as inseparable.  As work continued and we began looking ahead to our next book (Broken Web – to be published in 2015), we realized we were creating a series that would chronicle the ongoing adventures of our 3 Musketeers.  Spoiler alert: We will add a fourth Musketeer in Broken Web.)


To fully develop the three characters, we started by creating backstories for Mary Catherine Fitzsimmons, Charles Haines and James Edwards.


Mary Catherine Fitzsimmons (Fitz)


Charles Haines (Chas)


James Edwards (Jamie)


We went back three or four generations and built family trees for each of them.  We then researched the economic, political and social environment for each generation of their ancestors.  Developing this historical foundation gave us a contextual backdrop for developing each character’s present-day personality, appearance, work history, life style, educational background, social, political and family values, and family dynamics.  We even went so far as creating astrological charts for our three protagonists!


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