Ian Buchanan started out as a Sean Connery type, then morphed over time to become more like Gerard Butler, and finally, like himself entirely. The Sean Connery iteration of Ian–the good-looking arrogant playboy with the devastating Scottish accent–didn’t have the emotional depth Ian needed to compete with Ben. The more I wrote about Ian, the more he started to resemble Gerard Butler in Attila, a gorgeous, sexy man with tender, wounded depths behind those smoldering silver eyes.
Ian’s Scottish accent and his last name, Buchanan, is a nod to my heritage. Buchanan is my maiden name, and a good Scottish accent has always made my toes curl. There’s just something about it.
Maybe it’s because I’m pretty sure I’m the reincarnation of one of my Scottish ancestors. When I first visited Scotland with my husband (who isn’t Scottish but can do a damn good imitation of the accent when he wants to ;-)) I felt a kinship to the landscape, as if I’d finally come home after many years away. And when we visited the ruins of Buchanan Castle, well. I just knew I had been there before.
So don’t be surprised if Ian isn’t the only Scottish hero you meet in Angel Falls…