Nastasia Adrijana was created at the same time as her twin sister, written by a friend of mine (who was the one coming up with the last name). We both loved actress Claudia Christian so making twin sisters using her was a natural choice. We are still unsure of what exact species or mix of species they are. We know they aren’t human, but near human. One day, we might figure it out!
We had the sisters be their family’s only children. They were raised in some kind of golden cage, but they never wanted to stay there, as no price was high enough to make up for them being unable to do what they wanted. One day, they left their home world behind and traveled to another planet where they established themselves as antiquary collectors and vendors. With their talented eye and extended knowledge of history and culture across the galaxy, along with their continuous thirst for deepening it, the twins have gained an impressive reputation.
While her sister is the most diplomatic, Nastasia is the “scary” one as they often joke. She never hesitates to discard, even in a very definitive fashion, treacherous employees and is up for anything to get new wares for their business. She is very protective and would have no problem killing in case someone threatened her twin.
For years, the twins fed rumors about how they might be romantically involved, for the sheer fun of shocking people and entertaining their aura of mystery. My friend suggested of having them being an actual couple, but it took me a while to be okay with the idea. Incest is something I never thought I could write and I was very uncomfortable about this possibility for a long time. I eventually changed my mind, because it did work for the Adrijana twins and I was able to write this with someone I trusted and in a safe environment. I don’t think I could write this kind of things in any of my original fiction, but I found out that stretching my boundaries in this specific case was worth it.
Nastasia having an epiphany about how no one compared to her sister and how much she loved her and not just in a platonic way was a very important arc for her and then also her twin. In a way, not starting them already as a couple made for solid storytelling as my friend and I developed them.
- How important is team work for your characters?
- How much do your characters’ sibling(s) matter to them?
- Do you incorporate elements considered taboos in your stories?