Character Spotlight: Saoirse

By on February 8, 2016

Some of you have recently read about a few of the characters that will be appearing in Firebrand in my short stories (and if you haven’t, you can read them for free online here).

You may also have read my earlier post that gave you a quick glimpse at the main cast.

But for the next few weeks I wanted to write a few posts that give you a better introduction to several of the main characters, especially my two protagonists, Saoirse and Westleigh. And I thought I’d have some fun with it. 😉

The first half of the posts will be about who they are in the novel–spoiler free, of course–and for the second half I thought I’d have fun and see what they would be like if they were modern young adults.

We’ll start with Saoirse. Hope you enjoy!

“The rumors. The questions. I couldn’t let it all go, no matter how much Jack begged. There was a prickling in my spirit that maddened me the more I tried to ignore it.”


Saoirse Rose Callahan was born on a cold and dreary Valentine’s Day in 1845 in County Galway, Ireland. Her name is pronounced seer-sha (listen to it here), and it’s Irish for freedom. Of course, depending on the accent, there might be a few other ways to say it.

She’s the youngest of three–the baby sister of two twin boys, Aidan and Declan–and the only daughter of Brian and Caitríona Callahan. Take a look at her family tree:


When she was twelve, her father moved the family from Ireland to Texas to live with her uncle, Colin, and her cousin Jack. Sadly, her uncle passed before they arrived, and her beloved brother Aidan was killed the day they landed in Galveston. Her family comes to Brookfield broken and grieving, and she wishes for nothing more than for them to be whole again.

Here’s a little more I’ve discovered about her. Not all of it might have made it into Firebrand, but there are three more books in which to unravel her character!

  • 5 words to describe her: idealistic, independent, stubborn, impatient, curious
  • Best friends: Jack, her cousin, and Abigail, the enslaved young woman living in the shack behind the house
  • Favorite book: The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Hobbies: reading, avoiding her piano lessons, following Jack around the farm
  • Favorite Memory: racing horses with Aidan on their estate back in Ireland
  • Wishes & Dreams: freedom for Abigail, the right to vote, become a detective

Now, if Saoirse were a modern teenager:

  • Favorite YA novel: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Favorite app/site: Tumblr
  • Hogwarts House: Gryffindor
  • Fandom: Sherlock
  • Superhero: Daredevil
  • Video game: Rock Band
  • Disney/animated film: Mulan

And finally, the top 5 songs on her iPod:

  • Again by Flyleaf
  • Saoirse by the Young Dubliners
  • Dark Horses by Switchfoot
  • Anthem by Superchick
  • The Last Night by Skillet

SAOIRSE APPEARS IN: The Emigrant (coming March 1), Firebrand (novel releases March 22! pre-order the ebook today)


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