Character Creation: The Ice Queen
“She’s the ice queen. Calm and collected in the most stressful of procedures, but a heart of ice in everything else, too.” That’s how her boss describes her in Water and Fire.
Belinda was born at Christmas Island, a tiny, rocky island in the Indian Ocean. It’s been described as the crabbiest place on earth, because its millions of crab inhabitants outnumber the human population of around 2,000. An isolated, crabby rock? Well, that’s one description of Belinda.
Her name means Beautiful Serpent or Dragon.
She comes across as cold, distant and unfeeling at first.
She has good reason. It takes a considerable amount of alcohol and chocolate before she admits to a work colleague, “I was pregnant, once, and my baby was stillborn. I wanted her so much, but she didn’t survive the birth. I thought that if maybe I studied to be a midwife, I could help other mothers to avoid a similar tragedy.”
And when she’s asked about the baby’s father, she responds, “He was long gone before my pregnancy was showing. He didn’t even know about her.”
She’s not particularly talkative among people she doesn’t know well – she finds it easier to say nothing at all, so that she doesn’t say anything she’d prefer to remain hidden. And yes, she does have some serious secrets.
She’s not close to her older sister, Maria. They were born more than ten years apart. While she has a very good relationship with her mother, the loss of her baby has left her in a deep state of depression. She’s retreated from everyone, including her mother, which is why she chose the southern town of Albany to do her stint as a student midwife. That, and the whales.
Belinda has an affinity for the huge marine mammals, who breed in the warmer waters far to the north, where she grew up and usually lives. So when the opportunity comes to venture out on a boat to do some whale watching, she won’t turn it down.
She has two loves in her life – her family and her patients – she truly is a born healer. She’d do almost anything to save a patient – as you first see in Water and Fire.
But that pales in comparison to what she’d do for her family. She’ll set aside everything she wants and everything else in her life for the people she loves.
I found her a bit chilly myself at first, until I got to know her a bit better. Once I knew her secrets, she became one of my favourite female characters – and one I’d really love to give a happily ever after, if only she’ll let me do it.
Bel’s in Water and Fire, but she also pops up in some of my other books.
About the Author
Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish. She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below. Sensationalist spin? No – Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all. Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world. The Ocean’s Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy.
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Water and Fire
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Excerpt Reading (Chapter 1):
A steamy contemporary medical romance involving a sexy doctor, a naughty nurse, a midwife on a mission and a mysterious predator in Albany, Western Australia. Working as a student midwife in an Australian country hospital is never easy, but Belinda finds more trouble than most. There’s the intern doctor who follows her around like an overgrown puppy, the dangerous local
wildlife and her own secrets she must keep. When she finds herself without a place to live, what else can possibly go wrong?
Or is it time for something to go right?
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