• Margaret Amatt

Character Interview #6

Updated: Apr 17

The hero in A Summer Sanctuary is Fraser Bell. Fraser is a former RAF jet pilot who's now on a mission to change careers and do something more relaxing in a place that he loves. What he doesn't expect is to run into an old flame especially when he thought she'd left the island years ago.

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 sixth interview in the series.

These are the answers I imagined Fraser giving at the start of the novel. Rest assured there are no spoilers!

Fraser was an awesome character to write. He's gone from being a daredevil pilot to someone with his feet squarely on the ground - well, most of the time! He's got his demons but he's not afraid of facing them and doesn't let them get him down.

An interview with Fraser Bell from A Summer Sanctuary by Margaret Amatt

Who are your parents?

My mum, Susan, is remarried to my stepdad. I never knew my dad and there were conflicting stories about him. These days, I don’t let it bother me and accept I’m my own man.

Do you have any siblings?

Craig is my half-brother.

Where do you live now?

I’ve just moved to the Isle of Mull where my grandmother lives and I stay in a tent behind her house.

What is your occupation?

I used to be an RAF pilot. Now, I’m setting up my own tour business.

How would you describe your childhood?

A bit lonely. I think my mum saw a lot of my dad in me and it made it hard for her to relate to me. I joined the RAF when I was seventeen and never looked back.

Where did you learn most of your skills and other abilities?

I learned everything from the RAF and it made me who I am today.

Did you have any role models?

Padre Sloane was my role model and mentor. He was like a father to me and I miss him terribly.

How did you get along with the other members of your family?

I was never that close to my mum or my brother. I always felt closest to my gran.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A pilot of course! We lived near RAF Lossiemouth and I used to see the jets taking off and hope one day I’d be flying one. That dream came true with lots of hard work.

Who are your friends?

I guess I’m a bit of a loner but I make friends easily and I’m never short of company.

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far, why?

Earning a medal for leading a mission into enemy territory.

What is your greatest regret so far?

As above, because it wasn’t as rosy as it sounds.

If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be?

Not an easy answer because I’ve made a few mistakes and done a couple of things I’m not proud of.

Are you optimistic or pessimistic?

I’m eternally optimistic.

In general, how do you treat others?

I’d like to think I’m always polite and treat others in a way I’d like to be treated myself.

Have you ever been in love?

I thought so for a very brief period but I was wrong and it makes me sad to think about it.

What do you look for in a potential lover?

Someone who makes my soul happy and understands the inner me.

What are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?

I like hillwalking and driving… driving anything really, cars, boats, just let me at them!

Do you like to read?

I love a good book, fact or fiction and I soak up all sorts of useless information.

Do you smoke, drink, or use drugs?

No, no and no. I can get a kick without anything artificial. I’m not even keen on prescription meds. I prefer mediation to medication!

What shocks or offends you?

Seriously? Very little! Except the time I met that tour guide and she… Well, let’s just say she was very surprising in many ways!

Are you spontaneous, or do you always need to have a plan?

A bit of both. RAF training has made me like careful planning but I’m getting better at spontaneity and it’s actually a lot of fun.

What is your greatest strength?

I can usually see something good in everyone.

I hope you enjoyed that little peek into Fraser's character. If you want to discover if he changes his mind on any of these points, be sure to check out A Summer Sanctuary.

The story is a wonderful exploration of the island of Mull, as well as their re-emerging relationship. Fraser is every woman's Scottish dream, and I was rooting for Kirsten the whole way through to give him a second chance. 'A Summer Sanctuary' is a beautifully written, sweet, evocative, heart felt and gorgeous romance novel. Once again, Margaret has knocked it out the park! (Amazon reviewer)

More character interviews from the Scottish Island Escapes series to follow soon!

Kirsten & Fraser's pictures created by Margaret Amatt using Artbreeder.com

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