Updated: Nov 13, 2021
The hero in A Winter Haven is Carl Hansen. He used to work in the IT industry but stress and complications at work drove him back to his home on the Isle of Mull.
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 second interview in the series.
These are the answers I imagined Carl giving at the start of the novel. I’ve edited it a little to remove spoilers!
Carl is a cheerful character who likes to put on a brave face. He had a happy childhood and a loving family but a tragic event when he was a teenager left him feeling guilty and lost for years.
An interview with Carl Hansen from A Winter Haven by Margaret Amatt
Where and when were you born?
On the Isle of Mull in the bungalow on the east coast where my parents still live.
Who are your parents?
My dad, Per, has a Norwegian father and we’re all very proud of our Scandinavian heritage.
My mum, Fenella, is a primary school teacher and the best mum anyone could wish for.
Both my parents love music and have always encouraged us to be musical.
Do you have any siblings? If you do, what are they like?
Two brothers, both older than me. Magnus the eldest is a pilot with a jet setting lifestyle and Jakob works for a computer company in Edinburgh. He’s married to Livvi and they just had a baby daughter.
Where do you live now?
In a tiny log cabin on the grounds of the Glen Lodge Hotel. It’s all I can afford. Money’s tight and I don’t like to be a burden.
What is your occupation?
These days, I’m called The Fixer. I mend people’s broken treasures for a living but it doesn’t pay particularly well. Still, I enjoy it more than working in IT. I don’t ever want to go back to a desk job.
How would you describe your childhood?
For the most part good… Until my friend, Liam, did something crazy.
Where did you learn most of your skills and other abilities?
I picked up loads from my parents. Dad’s a great handyman and Mum’s into everything crafty. I learned to pretty much mend anything.
How did you get along with the other members of your family?
Good! Though my brothers are a hard act to follow.
What is your greatest regret so far?
That I couldn’t stop Liam climbing that old folly in the woods.
What are your favourite hobbies?
Cycling, sailing, playing the guitar and singing.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Strength and independence.
What is your greatest weakness?
I give in too easily.
Do you like yourself?
Sometimes, but other times I get angry with things I’ve done… or couldn’t do.
What do you most wear on your feet?
I prefer to go bare foot.
I hope you enjoyed that little peek into Carl's character. If you want to discover if he changes his mind on any of these points, be sure to check out A Winter Haven.
"WOW just beautiful! I absolutely loved this story, it is one you do not want to put down until you have got to the end. My only disappointment...............I have to wait until March for the next book." says Julie in an Amazon review.
More character interviews from the Scottish Island Escapes series to follow soon!
Carl & Robyn's pictures created by Margaret Amatt using Artbreeder.com