“Did You Know” Part 4 is all about your favorite grumpy grandpa, Killian! I wanted the role that he would play to be a family member that wasn’t immediate, so I chose for it to be Skyy’s grandfather because he could hide his “secret” better than if it were say, her mother or father. I was always very close with my grandfather, and he passed away when I was seventeen. Skyy’s memories of her grandfather before his death were always very fond. He was loving, kind, and fun. I guess that part of his character was a nod to my own grandfather, but the similarities end there!
Writing his character was very different for me, because I wanted him to still show that loving, caring side to Skyy, but at the same time he has a LOT on his plate with the Divine Assassins. Having been around for centuries trying to deal with the huge threat of Elizabeth Bathory, he became short-tempered and grouchy. He is one of the leaders of the secret organization, and a lot rides on his shoulders. Seeing his granddaughter not only tied up with a vampire, the ONE thing he hates more than anything, and her discovering his secret adds on a whole new level of grumpiness. He has to stay focused on the task at hand, and try to keep Skyy safe.
The name Killian has been one of my favorites for a long time as well. I first discovered it while reading Michael Turner’s “Fathom” comic books. Michael Turner was one of my comic artist idols, and he passed away at a very young age (R.I.P.!) but I was obsessed with this comic for a long time. You can read more about it here if you’re interested.
In 2011 a friend of ours found a tiny little chihuahua puppy freezing in a pile of dead leaves on the side of their house. I saw one picture, and instantly fell in love. We took him in, as they couldn’t keep him, and guess what we named him!? Killian!
So, fast forward to 2013 when I picked up the story I had started back in 2005 of The Lie, and I needed a name for Grandpa. Since Killian can be kind of grouchy, but also very lovable, I decided to use my dogs name!
So, you can see that the name has a lot of sentimental value to me. I know a lot of people disliked his character in the series, but he was one of the more challenging, and fun characters to write!