Confession: When I heard Cole would be written by someone who’s not Gaider, I was a little disappointed. Then I looked it up and found out Weekes took the job. Now I can’t wait to see Cole, I bet Patrick will do a great job!
He absolutely did.
It’s not my Cole, precisely, but I don’t really mind that since Cole ended the novel at a crossroads where he could easily change… and Patrick didn’t take him that far from my Cole anyhow (certainly far less of a distance than between my Anders and Jennifer’s Anders). You’ll see.
Giving up Cole to another writer was not easy. I’m certain that, from an outsider’s perspective, it might seem like we writers just draw names at random when it comes to who works on what. Occasionally it feels that way, too… mostly because some characters get tossed from writer to writer, depending on schedules and who has time to work on something. Patrick came on the project from the Mass Effect team to pick up characters and plots which the rest of the DA writers had yet to get to (an anxiety-inducing pile of work which seemed to be growing on a daily basis). When he expressed interest in Cole, I had a heart attack that lasted approximately three days, until I realized it was either let him go or remove him from the game—as my schedule is the worst of the lot and my workload never gets lighter.
Eventually I even stopped backseat writing, peering over Patrick’s shoulder with nervously clutched hands, asking how my baby was doing. Patrick, trooper that he is, did not once tell me to go fuck myself.