Character Interview #8
Updated: Apr 17
The hero in An Autumn Hideaway is Richard Linden. Richard is quiet and reserved, preferring to keep himself to himself and mind his own business. He certainly doesn't initiate contact with strangers... But there's just something about Autumn that catches his eye from the off.
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 eighth interview in the series.
These are the answers I imagined Richard giving at the start of the novel. Rest assured there are no spoilers!
Richard's reserved personality and low tolerance of anything nonsensical made his interactions with Autumn an absolute joy to write. Seeing him slowly come around to her was just wonderful!
An interview with Richard Linden from An Autumn Hideaway by Margaret Amatt
Where were you born?
Who are your parents?
My father died some years ago and my mother now lives alone.
Do you have any siblings?
Two younger sisters.
Where do you live now, and with whom?
I live on the west side of the Isle of Mull in a very rural site with my dog, a deerhound named Peppy.
What is your occupation?
I’m a consultant in marine ecology.
On what occasions do you lie?
I don’t lie but I don’t go about telling people everything about myself.
Do you have any habits, quirks, strange mannerisms, or other defining characteristics?
I finger tap when I get agitated and I guess I take things a bit too literally at times.
Where did you learn most of your skills and other abilities?
University and field work. I’ve worked all around the world.
How do you get along with the other members of your family?
My parents always fostered my talents and made sure I had the best education. My sisters resented it and thought I was treated differently because I was a boy. These days, I’m not really close to any of them. My mother likes to write to me but I’m a constant source of disappointment to her since the breakdown of my marriage.
Who are your friends, and what were they like?
I prefer my own company. On the island, the only person I have who is anything like a friend is Ron Matheson, a local man who sometimes skippers my boat and dog sits for me. But I don’t divulge any personal information to him – he and his wife are incurable gossips.
What is your greatest regret so far, why?
Letting my ex-wife have her own way in a very personal matter.
What is your greatest fear?
Being demonised for past actions and decisions I made for the best… I’m still not sure I was right.
Do you believe in the existence of soul mates or true love?
I’m a scientist, so no. And past experiences tell me no. I doubt I’ll ever find what people call true love. I’m sure I deserve it.
Have you ever been in love?
Apparently not. Both the women in my life who I thought I was in love with had other motives for being with me. I’m very wary about being burnt again.
How do you spend a typical Saturday night?
What makes you happy?
I haven’t been truly happy for a long time… I’m not sure how. My dog is great for stopping me going under.
What makes you sad?
Are you spontaneous, or do you always need to have a plan?
Plan! Always a plan. Spontaneity is overrated.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
That’s a tough question but I’ve always had a ridiculous soft spot for redheads.
I hope you enjoyed that little peek into Richard's character. If you want to discover if he changes his mind on any of these points, be sure to check out An Autumn Hideaway
Fantastic book with gorgeous characters, beautiful romance and vivid, well, vivid everything really! Vibrant, cosy, beautiful and yet fun too! Beyond recommended... (Amazon reviewer)
More character interviews from the Scottish Island Escapes series to follow soon!
Autumn & Richard's pictures created by Margaret Amatt using Artbreeder.com