Breaking from Nighthawk Talk policy for once, we've invited author Alison Bruce in with her character Fred.
So, Alison, what made you put a proper English butler in an old west setting?
Movies like My Man Godfrey - and an intense dislike of house work - inspired my creation of the perfect butler/valet/lover. He was further influenced by a myriad of characters from Batman’s Alfred to Wooster’s Jeeves with a touch of Yoda for good measure.
One of the reasons we invited you is because only you know Fred's full name.
A: Do you mind, Fred?
A: Although only known as Fred in Under A Texas Star, his full name is George Fredericks. As you might notice, if you're a student of royal history, he looks a bit like Prince Albert Victor - one of the Saxe-Cobourg princes.
Any comment, Mr Fredericks?
F: I prefer Fred. Mister Fred if you insist. George Fredericks in dead, a fitting punishment for his crime.
F: None of your business sir.
A: I think I've said enough. After all, I have to keep working with Fred. I'd rather we got along.
To find out more about Fred, but not much more, we'll have to read Under A Texas Star published by Imajin Books.