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Christina Courtenay - Inspiration for Highland Storms
Highland Storms is the sequel to Trade Winds. Some sequels just seem to happen by themselves - it's often hard for an author to let go of characters once a book is finished and the temptation to continue with the next generation or another family member is very difficult to resist. I guess it's like when you read a really good book and you feel sad to have to say goodbye to people who you feel you know well. If you're the author, you don't have to - you can just carry on with another family member or the next generation. Sometimes certain characters cry out to have their own story told, but that wasn't the case here as Brice Kinross was only a baby in Trade Winds. However, I knew already then that he was special - not many foreign babies were born in China in those days and he had to be tough to have survived the journey back to Sweden so he was obviously good hero material!