As some of you know, I’m currently writing a contemporary romance series based on my historical Malcolm and Ives families. It’s a bit of a challenge connecting them with families from two hundred years ago. There isn’t any way I can use the same family names with any believability. I can throw in an occasional male Ives since men would have kept their names, but the women have to use Malcolm as a given name, which gets a bit ugly. (Remember Susan’s blog about what goes into developing character names?) And of course, over hundreds of years of moving around the world, those connections become slimmer until they slip into invisibility. And in this particular book, my gifted cook is an orphan and has no idea of her family. She just knows she’s weird and foster families don’t appreciate weird.