Yet another of the shattering factoids I've run into was that Andy Warhol always wore green underpants.
Obviously Andy did, or he wouldn't have done it.
This made me think. What undisclosed facts do I store when I create fictional characters?
Some who write have extensive notes on every character, most of which do not make it explicitly to the page. I have never done this.
But there is one bit I do, most of the time. My characters have middle names. These middle names are not usually for the reader. They’re for me. They serve as a sort of secret layer. They tell of the family, or a quirky parent. Except for characters from Israel, where middle names are still uncommon, all my characters have middle names as well as last names.
I started with a factoid, and will leave you with another. Richard Gere’s middle name is Tiffany. See what I mean by evocative?