Name: Siobhan MacBrae Pattinson
Date of Birth: June 12th, 1967
Hometown: Aviemore, Badenoch & Strathspey, Scotland
Height: 5ft 11in
The nervous but good natured Scot, Siobhan is the 18-year-old daughter to the island’s estate agent and eager to make friends with the island’s new resident, Maddie. However, behind her pleasant exterior she hides emotional agony from both her past and her present, with these doubts and fears slowly tearing her apart mentally.
Siobhan Pattinson was born on June 12th, 1967 in Aviemore, Scotland, to local estate agent Renée Pattinson (née MacBrae, b. 1944) and English business owner Alexander Pattinson (b.1943). Renée was always local to the Highlands, her family being descended from the Scottish clans that had lived in the area for centuries. Alexander Pattinson on the other hand moved to the region around Aviemore from his home in Cambridgeshire, joining a local timber company and eventually becoming CEO. Siobhan’s parents met in the town sometime in 1964 and soon started a relationship, marrying in 1966. Siobhan lived in a house near the railway station and, due to the remote nature of the town deep in the Scottish Highlands, spent her early years very much at one with nature, developing her own ability in gardening and cooking, but also homed her skills at the piano, an instrument she found an interest and natural talent at from around the age of four.
However, Siobhan was dealt a tragic blow when her parents divorced, her father leaving them after starting a sexual relationship with a much younger office assistant. At only 7 years old, the departure of her father left her emotionally distraught and her confidence destroyed. As the pain continued to seethe in her mind, she almost turned to self-hatred, blaming herself for coming between her parents and driving her father into the arms of another woman. Though Siobhan can speak openly about her father’s departure, in spite of causing her great pain, she won’t elaborate on the reason why out of nothing but shame.
Seeing how miserable Siobhan had become, the pair took a short holiday to the Isle of Hue where they quickly fell in love with the peace and tranquillity of its setting. Renée left her estate agent job in Aviemore, becoming an independent estate agent to serve the local islands and surrounding mainland near Ullapool, and the pair moved to Hue when Siobhan was 8 years old. As the pair became more settled in their new home, Siobhan quickly developed a friendship with the initially shy but lovable and energetic Ebony Larsson, who had never known a girl her own age. Immediately the two girls saw the good in one another and became the best of friends, spending their days playing and helping around the island. Siobhan would sometimes help Ebony herd her sheep, while Ebony would assist in Siobhan’s garden. The pair claimed that they were both like the sisters they’d never had.
Ah Siobhan, now you were a ton of fun to make! While Maddie is the main character of the Maddie on the Island Hue series, Siobhan MacBrae Pattinson was the one who had by far the most development, and the most heart and soul put into her character. Siobhan represents the turmoil that was my teenage years, fear and anxiety were very much my image and it was all because of powers beyond my control.
Siobhan is based on the person I used to be when I was about 14 or 15. Back then I was still kind, chirpy and eager to help those around me, but at the same time I was incredibly anxious, always getting nervous and fearing confrontation.
Aside from the aspects of sexuality, Siobhan is also a girl with a hole in her heart due to her parents divorce. This is based on a very close friend of mine who I grew up with at primary school. In around Year 5 their parents broke up and it emotionally destroyed them. They became very confused, depressed, they put on weight and seemed to lose all ambitions in life; almost overnight they went from fun-loving and outgoing to very insular and sad. Though gradually they were able to come to terms with their woes and get their life back on track, it really did wake me, and many of my schoolmates, up to how much divorce can break people’s hearts, especially for reasons as petty as wanting to find a younger person to sleep with. Siobhan is very much the same, her confidence is destroyed, and this in turn causes the problems and issues that make her as scared as she is to face her sexuality.
As for her physical development, did you know Siobhan wasn’t originally going to be named Siobhan? Nope, in the short-story I wrote in Summer 2013, her original name was Catherine Pattinson, but I was never satisfied with that name as it seemed a touch bland, and at the same time it sounded too anglicized for her character origin. At University though, I met a senior technician in my department who was named Siobhan, and it took me forever to figure out how to pronounce her name, which was a touch embarrassing when it came to talking to her (yes, even I said Sio-bahn, like she was some kind of German cable-car!). Anyway, the name stuck, and I really quite liked it, so I chose to rename Catherine to Siobhan Pattinson, which I feel now is a much better name.
Her design was meant to be somewhat minimalist, but you find that there are plenty of people in the world who are. Siobhan wasn’t drawn up to be hot or attractive, but more just your average girl with straight, short brown hair, a slightly + size body, but also quite tall, measuring in at 5ft 11in, a comparative giant over Ebony, Maddie and Rhia. However, what qualities make her less attractive she makes up for with her personality and characterisation, which I feel are among my best pieces of writing. I really wanted to put my heart and soul into Siobhan, and see her disturbed start to the story be brought full circle to a peaceful resolution. 🙂