I think I mentioned that when I wrote this book, I wanted to choose as a main character someone who was neither the Young Gardener of the French version nor the Old Soldier of other versions. I actually had a third character in an early draft, named Jonic after the Jonica of the Romanian version. He was an also-ran for one of the three “heroes” of the story. I’ll post more about him after everything I say about it wouldn’t be a spoiler, but suffice it to say, he has been combined with the character of Armas.
There’s your random behind the scenes piece of trivia for today. They do say “writing is rewriting!”