Character Interview #13
Updated: Apr 17
The heroine in A Hidden Gem is Rebekah Ama Yeboah. Rebekah has never missed a day's work in her life.... Until she's accused of embezzlement and her world falls apart.
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 latest interview in the series.
These are the answers I imagined Rebekah giving at the start of the novel. Rest assured there are no spoilers!
Rebekah was a gift of a character... Quite literally! I asked my friend if she'd like to name a character and she came up with Rebekah, and not just her name but a family history and backstory! She also said she wanted her to go to Mull (where the books are set) and meet Mary, the helpful old lady we know from A Summer Sanctuary and An Autumn Hideaway.
It took me several months to work out how to do it!
An interview with Rebekah Ama Yeboah from A Hidden Gem by Margaret Amatt
What is your full name?
Rebekah Ama Yeboah
Where and when were you born?
Kumasi in Ghana
Who are your parents?
My mother is Cheryl Quinn, a former model. My father is Peter Yeboah, a successful businessman.
Do you have any siblings?
No, I’m an only child.
Where do you live now?
I lived originally in Kumasi with my parents, then I went to boarding school and university in London. I went back to Ghana and worked in Accra.
What is your occupation?
I worked for an International Aid Agency and am trained in finance and economics,
To which social class do you belong?
Both my parents are from well-to-do families. My mother’s family are British, my father’s Ghanaian.
Do you have any annoying habits or quirks?
I don’t think so but I drink far too much coffee.
How would you describe your childhood?
Very privileged. My father had a large home and servants. But it opened my eyes to the social gaps in our country.
How much schooling have you had?
I came to London for boarding school when I was twelve and that was a tough time.
How did you get along with the other members of your family?
I’ve always got on well with both my parents though we’re not a cuddly family.
What is your greatest regret so far, why?
Not reporting my manager when I suspected him of embezzlement.
Do you have a criminal record?
No, but it was a close call. My manager framed me and almost had me locked up for his crimes.
What is your greatest fear?
People taking advantage of me.
Do you believe in the existence of soul mates and/or true love?
I’d really like to but I haven’t experienced anything like this before.
Who are your friends?
I have many acquaintances but not a special best friend.
What do you look for in a potential lover?
I’d like someone who can make me laugh and I can have fun with.
How do you deal with stress?
Drink more coffee!
What is the quality you most like in a man?
A good sense of humour.
Describe the routine of a normal day for you.
Work, work and more work.
What is your greatest strength?
I work hard.
What is your greatest weakness?
I forget to take time for myself.
Name three things you consider yourself to be good at, and three things you consider yourself to be bad at.
Good: seeing a need and acting on it, organising people and finances, trying to see the good in people.
Bad: cooking, taking breaks, trusting people.
I hope you enjoyed that little peek into Rebekah's character. If you want to discover if she changes her mind on any of these points, be sure to check out A Hidden Gem
‘Blair was so adorable, yet totally gorgeous and masculine too! Rebekah was emotionally wounded and in need of some serious healing- the gorgeous Blair, and Scottish scenery is the perfect remedy for this!' (Amazon reviewer)
More character interviews from the Scottish Island Escapes series to follow soon!
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