As a writer, I get to make up all the details about the people in my head telling me their stories. Unfortunately, most of the time it takes them forever to tell me their names. The only character in Claiming His Fate that had a name from the get-go was Jameson. His story was one of the first I started making notes on but will be one of the last for the series. Apparently, I needed to work backward. In fact, Claiming His Fate was not supposed to be the first book in the series. Claiming His Need was, but I realized while drafting the story that I needed to show a bit about the shifter world I was creating, and I needed to explain why a man named Magnus was in charge. Because really, who would ever vote for that asshat? Don’t worry—you’ll meet Magnus in Claiming His Need.

But I digress.

So there I was, ready to draft Claiming His Fate but my characters had no names. So how’d I pick Rebel and Charlotte? And where’d they come from before that fateful day outside Milwaukee? Let’s start with Rebel.

Abraham Lynch

was born in January of 1766 in a small town in western Pennsylvania. He was a farmer there, as was his father before him. He turned excess grain into whiskey and carted it to the larger cities in the area to exchange it for needed supplies. When the newly formed U.S. federal government tried to enact an excise tax on distilled spirits (the most popular being whiskey), the local population made up of a number of former Revolutionary War Soldiers rebelled. From 1791 to 1794, Abraham fought with his neighbors and fellow farmers against what they saw as unfair taxation. He was turned into a wolf shifter in the spring of 1794, before the end of the uprising that following July.

Abraham was 28 when he was turned and had never been married. He took a liking to chemistry and went to schools all over the country studying the subject. He invented a drug called Collasawv, or The Draught, which works to calm the wolf side of the shifter persona as well as the man. Abraham was given the road name Rebel as a sign of respect for his past.

Charlotte Faith Andrews

is Charlotte because I tend to name my Heroes and heroines after Twilight characters when I can’t figure out what to name them. That’s not a joke. Rebel began his life in Claiming His Fate as Peter who had a mate named Charlotte. As I began to write her character, I realized how much the name fit her. You see, Charlotte is a very old name. It’s originally French and the first records of it date back to somewhere in the 1700’s. The name Charlotte means “free man” in French. See the connection? A rebel and a free (wo)man. Fitting.

Charlotte was 22 the day she met Rebel. She goes by the name Cherry at Amnesia Gentleman’s Club because Morris thought she looked sweet and virginal, something he was sure his clients would love.

There you have it – Rebel and Charlotte in all their backstory-glory.