Character Spotlight ~ Anita Higman’s Holly Goodnight, Owen Quigley & Van Keaton

Holly, Owen & Van


You get two Christmas stories for the price of one in Irene Brand and Anita Higman’s Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe :) Anita shares her characters here in her novella Once Upon a Christmas Eve.

Enjoy:~

Holly Goodnight

My heroine, Holly Goodnight, is a little roundish, but in an irresistible way. She has dark luminous eyes, sports a mischievous air, and looks a little like the actress, Anne Hathaway.

Holly has a great compassion for people, but her human frailty becomes apparent when her underlying fear of abandonment surfaces. Holly falls into the fairy archetype. I think this kind of character is so fascinating to create and watch. Other examples of this kind of character are the heroines from the movies, Chocolat and Cold Comfort Farm.

Owen Quigly

Owen Quigly, my hero, is tall and lanky and lumbers like Jimmy Stewart. Owen looks like the actor, Paul Bettany from the movie, The Young Victoria, only Owen’s hair is red and electric.

Owen is funny and caring, but sometimes he’s too phlegmatic when it comes to expressing his feelings. He has a talent for reading the stock market and making a lot of money, but he’s never cared too much for spending it. He’d rather give it away. Decades ago I dated a guy who was a little like Owen. But I didn’t marry him.


Van Keaton

Van Keaton is another male character in my novella. He looks a lot like a young Hugh Grant.

He is creative and passionate about life and love, but he’s a bit arrogant around the edges. Van is afflicted with a miserable yet humorous case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Van Keaton is also a novelist and terrified of failure. In fact, the fear of it keeps him awake at night.

It was fun and fairly easy to write about Van, since I too know the wonderful and slightly neurotic life of a writer.

Background to the story

As far as the story’s background I love all things Christmas, and I’ve always been curious about orphans and their plight. So, I put both of these ideas together, and Once Upon a Christmas Eve started to form in my mind.

Thanks for sharing, Anita :) They sound like great characters!

On Monday, the spotlight shines on Mark Hitchcock and Alton Gansky’s Andrew Morgan & Lisa Campbell from The Mayan Apocolypse


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One Response to Character Spotlight ~ Anita Higman’s Holly Goodnight, Owen Quigley & Van Keaton

  1. Lori (sugarandgrits)

    I just bought this book today, and can't wait to read it. I'm a HUGE fan of Christmas-themed romances! I'm already stocking up on them for this winter.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

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