A few readers have asked why I have added Sally to Jake's family so soon after he married Grey Cloud.
The truth is that, although I always intended there to be another woman in the group, I also hadn't expected it to happen so quickly. It would have been another nine months or so, and I even knew the scenario in which they would meet.
But, as I am finding with these stories, Sally rather wrote herself in. Blackshaw was going to pay Jake and then the three of them would leave for home. But Pete Blackshaw didn't take it that way, there was a shoot-out and then Sally came along. It was all quite unexpected, for me as much as anyone else.