posted by Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy
Like it or not, our brothers and sisters are genetically the closest relatives we have. If we share the same mother and father, then we all took that same dip in the old gene pool. (SPLAT!) And in most cases, siblings share the same early environment that shaped us into adults, too.
No wonder relationships between and among siblings are so intense and complex. What great fodder for fiction!
Brothers and sisters pop up in my own stories a lot. I am the eldest of four siblings, so I know all about those bossy older sister characters from personal experience. Having two younger brothers whom I alternately abhorred and adored (as they did me), it is no surprise at all that the heroes in all three of my books have older and er, um, somewhat domineering older sisters.
In The Wild Sight and The Treasures of Venice, both heroes were raised by their older sisters when their mothers died. Luckily, I was never forced into that role, but I can easily imagine what it might have been like.
Though the older sister is never "on stage" in The Wild Irish Sea, we learn that she made her husband give her younger brother (the hero) a job and is obviously prodding him to get on with his life, so she's an important force within the story. Again, I've never been in a position to give one of my siblings a job, but advice I've given in plentiful quantities (take my advice, I'm not using it). Plus I've always been supportive of them, as they have of me.
In fact, the motivating force in The Wild Irish Sea is the relationship between the heroine and her twin brother. No, I never had a twin (though I sometimes wished for one), but would I drop everything to run to the aid of one of my siblings?
In a heartbeat!
True, they often drove me crazy when we were growing up, and I know they got tired of me bossing and (literally) shoving them around. But nobody else truly understands me like they do, and I love 'em all for it! We may not be geographically close any more, but blood really is thicker than water, and we will never lose our heart connections.
What about you? Are you close to your siblings? Do you like to read about brothers and sisters in books? Please share some of your favorite fictional siblings with us.