Prequels are interesting fodder for any writer. Looks as if Rasher is your alter-ego but anything that helps one carry on after a tragedy is positive.
I agree I have a fondness for prequels and yes, Rasher has become a favoured character of mine. Isn't it said write about something you know and I do have an Irish background also the Irish immigrant was as much a part of American Western history as the Chinese were.
Thanks for your reading and reviewing.