Saranka is one of the few characters I write who doesn’t wear a last name and never did. While I created her with one, she never used it in her story since the day she left her home world of Kheedar. I don’t remember how I came up with that, but it always felt right for this character, so I went with it. Picking up an argument with a muse rarely results with the writer winning! I originally used actress Cote De Pablo for her image claim, but it didn’t feel such a good fit as I developed the character. After a lot of thinking, I eventually changed for Teresa Palmer (that I discovered in the movie I Am Number Four). Saranka also worked much better in my head as a blonde.
Saranka was raised on Kheedar with her older sister and her father, since her mother died when she was very young. Her father was a guard at a local prison, while her sister, quite older than her, worked as a waitress at several establishments. Saranka was also taken under the wings of members of the local fight ring, who protected her and taught her how to fight. In her late teens, Saranka dabbed into a criminal life, but it didn’t last long and she eventually turned her back to a local gang by helping the law catch them. Following this, she left Kheedar as to take a low profile. She worked several jobs across the galaxy as private security, for the most part.
At some point, Saranka had also forged a friendship with a (now former) imperial, who became like an older brother to her. She was closer to him than to her own sister, and also watched after his nephew when there was need to, liking the teenage boy’s spirit. While some of my Cartel characters tend to be more imperial friendly, Saranka doesn’t. She would be more New Republic inclined than anything else, though as one of Vaago’s employees, she has no allegiance, save for her boss.
One evening, she ended in a prison cell for having broken fingers of a cantina’s patron who had had wandering hands towards her. There, she met a blind man who would not only become a smuggling partner but also a friend, and even more later on. The two got along well while stuck in the same cell and soon began traveling and working together, along with his dog that Saranka also liked a lot. Over the next years, they went through some crazy stuff, both on a professional and personal level. A trip home to Kheedar during which Saranka found her father lethally wounded and had to put him out of his misery herself, drove her partner and her to finally admit how deep their relationship and feelings ran.
- Do you enjoy writing outlaws?
- What is the most bizarre location where some of your characters met?
- Did your couples often start as friends, before becoming romantically involved?