Behind the character:
Name: Romancia "Romy" Farrington
Occupation: Amateur archeologist
Romy's name comes from: I made it up. Interestingly enough though, the female name Roman, means adventurous. Add an 'ancia' and you get Romy's name. I was sort of going for romantic, but hey, adventurous works very well. Honestly, I never gave any thought to her last name. I picked it because it's English. It means 'from the land where ferns grow'. Okay then.
Using the Mary Sue Litmus Test, ironically, Romy also scored a 36. I already knew she was a Mary Sue, because she tends toward the dramatic. Bless her heart, I figured she'd do a lot worse than a 36.
From what we know of Romy's background per The Treasure Hunter's Lady, her mother died when she was about nine years old. At ten, her father took her on her first expedition. Clearly the man had no idea what to do with a female child, so he raised her alongside the men he trusted. They journeyed to the Amazon River Basin in early 1883 where Romy accidentally revealed she was a redheaded woman to a band natives. Things went south for the Farrington troupe and they were forced to flee the area. There aren't a lot of huge details about it in the book because it's back story, but it would've been interesting to write that part, I think.
The Treasure Hunter's Lady was always Romy's story. Oh, she might be a bit of a brat and certainly headstrong, but she's the perfect match for her hero in every way. Romy was the character that I shaped the book around, she was the deciding factor that made me want to write it. So I guess I have to give her the gold star of the day for making me see this thing through.
If you missed it, you can find the character profile for Abel Courte, the hero of The Treasure Hunter's Lady here.
The Treasure Hunter's Lady - Coming to Kindle, Nook and Smashwords February 10, 2012