When I originally conceived and outlined the story of Princess of Amathar, the character of Vena Remontar didn’t exist. She came into being as I was writing, another minor character that crosses paths with our hero. The problem came along later. As I was writing her, I fell in love with her. That presented me with an entirely different resolution to the story than I had originally planned, but hers remained a small part. When I revised the book, the one part that was expanded was the central point in the city of Amathar with Alexander and Vena. Looking back years later, I’m very glad that I was swayed from my original tale by this beautiful alien princess.