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I started a new category, “Peek Behind the Curtain.” These will be fun posts, sharing where I came up with the ideas for various characters or plots. I am often asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” or “How did you come up with the Circle C stories and characters?”
So, to get you ready for the Jenny Grant character quiz tomorrow (Friday), I want to give you this first “Peek Behind the Curtain” post and share how I came up with Jenny Grant, Andi’s friend.
Confession time. I rarely think up characters all on my own, except maybe for my main character, Andi. She is a combination of girls based on myself, Laura Ingalls, Anne of Green Gables, and Caddie Woodlawn.
I wanted to create a character to become Andi’s friend in San Francisco. Someone with whom she could share adventures in San Francisco Smugglers.
This is how it happened . . .
Many years ago as a teen, I loved the short-lived TV series, Here Come the Brides. Set in 1860s Seattle, the show took many liberties to retell the true story of one of Seattle’s founders, Asa Mercer, who in 1864 brought a number of “brides” (called the “Mercer Girls”) from New England to marry the loggers in a mudhole called Seattle.
Here Come the Brides is fun, wholesome storytelling. Instead of Asa Mercer, three logging brothers Jason, Joshua, and Jeremy Bolt own Bridal Veil Mountain. The loggers who work for them are going to quit if they have to live here much longer. They want to marry and start families, but there are few (if any) women in the territory. Jason has a plan to keep his men in Seattle. He borrows money from rich sawmill owner, Aaron Stemple, and sails around the Horn (of South America) to bring back brides for the loggers. He “bets” Aaron that he can keep the brides in Seattle for at least one year. The episodes are always in conflict, because if any of the brides quit and go back to New England before the year is up, Jason will lose his bet and Bridal Veil Mountain will go to Aaron Stemple.
As usual, I liked to imagine my own version of the show. In my world, the Bolt Brothers have a younger sister, Jenny, age 14. And there you have it. I lifted the “Jenny Bolt” from my fan fiction imagination, gave her a sawmill owner’s family (with more brothers than the Bolt family had. I also gave her a living mom and dad). I set Jenny Grant and her family in Tacoma, and then sent her to San Francisco to be Andi’s friend. Note: Can you see how “Bolt” could easily become “Grant”?
I have three fun “peeks” behind the curtain to share.
Peek Behind the Curtain #1:
“Homecoming” is my original (and only) fan fiction story I wrote about Jenny Bolt and her brothers (10,000+ words). I’ve included lots of pictures. I hope you enjoy it.
Peek Behind the Curtain #2: (you might want to read the story last).
You can watch the opening credits (1 minute) to Here Come the Brides with a snippet of the title song “Seattle.”
Peek Behind the Curtain #3
If you want more, you can watch the 3.5 minute song, Seattle, sung by Bobby Sherman (Jeremy Bolt) with snippets from the TV series.