Character Interview #10
Updated: Apr 17
The hero in A Christmas Bluff is Archibald Crichton-Leith, AKA Archie! Archie is the owner of a crumbling Scottish estate and he has great plans to fix it up but he's out of his depth and he needs help... Enter Georgia!
As part of the writing process, I like to flesh out my characters with quirky details and background to make them feel real. This sometimes includes a character interview. Here’s the tenth interview in the series.
These are the answers I imagined Archie giving at the start of the novel. Rest assured there are no spoilers!
Archie seems like your typical stuffy landowner at the start of the story but he's really not like that at all! Stripping off the stiff upper layer was just one of the delights of writing his character. Revealing his hidden talents to Georgia was another!
An interview with Archibald Crichton-Leith from A Christmas Bluff by Margaret Amatt
What is your full name?
Do you have a nickname?
Archie. At school I was sometimes called Baldy by some not so kind individuals.
Where were you born?
Who are your parents?
My father Alexander Crichton-Leith died of a heart attack some years back. My mother Lavinia is a force to be reckoned with.
Do you have any siblings?
My elder brother Laurence died last year.
Where do you live now, and with whom?
I just moved back to the family estate at Ardnish on the Isle of Mull. I also have a town house in Edinburgh. No one lives with me except my two pointer dogs, Duchess and Dexter.
What is your occupation?
I work in the oil industry but I want to spend more time bringing the estate up to scratch.
What is your hair colour and eye colour?
Dark auburn hair. One green eye, one brown. It’s a condition called heterochromia.
How would you describe your childhood?
Gruelling. My brother was the heir to the estate and viewed me as the ‘spare’. He always looked down on me or bullied me for whatever reason. Boarding school wasn’t much better.
Did you have any role models?
My lovely grandmother who lived in the main estate house, Monarch’s Lodge. It’s a beautiful house and she kept it perfectly. She was a creative soul with a cheerful personality, unlike most of my family.
How did you get along with the other members of your family?
I really didn’t get on with my father or brother. My mother is all I have left and we try our best but she’s not an easy woman to get on with.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A poet, a pianist or a ballroom dancer!
What is your greatest fear?
Failing in my duty now the estate is mine.
Do you believe in the existence of soul mates and true love?
Anything’s possible but in my experience, woman have always liked my bank balance more than my other charms!
What do you look for in a potential lover?
Someone cheerful who likes me for me and not the contents of my wallet.
What are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?
Playing the piano, singing, dancing and poetry.
How do you deal with stress?
Long walks with my dogs.
Are you spontaneous, or do you always need to have a plan?
I can do both depending on the occasion.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Someone I can dance with, of course.
Where would you like to live?
In Monarch’s Lodge. It’s the most beautiful house in the world. The mansion house is far too big and austere but Monarch’s Lodge is perfect. Shame it’s in such a dire state of repair.
I hope you enjoyed that little peek into Archie's character. If you want to discover if he changes his mind on any of these points, be sure to check out A Christmas Bluff.
I loved every crazy Christmas second of this story! Georgia is the friend we all want to have, the one who makes us feel good about ourselves, but desperately needs a little love of her own. Archie is the typical stiff upper lip British bloke with a heart of gold underneath and some surprising party tricks up his sleeve. This story is toastier than chestnuts roasting on an open fire and I absolutely adored it! Look out in particular for the scene at the piano... (Amazon reviewer)
More character interviews from the Scottish Island Escapes series to follow soon!
Georgia & Archie's pictures created by Margaret Amatt using Artbreeder.com