^ As with so many questions about writing, the answer is "it depends."
My first thought with Kadohata was to have a character who just had a child, and had a husband and children on her homeworld. (I went with Cestus III because I'd already developed so much detail on that world in A Time for War, a Time for Peace
and Articles of the Federation
.) I wanted to reverse the stereotype of the male officer who has a wife and children back home, which we'd seen plenty of times (Gold and Jellico, to name two).
I also liked the idea of someone who had been on the ship in the past, and who was one of the 985 or so other people serving on the Enterprise
-D that we never saw in seven years of TNG
With Leybenzon, the object was to have a mustang -- someone who raised through the ranks during the Dominion War without having attended the Academy. Aside from DS9
, the franchise hasn't been good about dealing with enlisted personnel, which is something we addressed quite a bit in S.C.E.
, and I wanted to take it a step further and do the officer who didn't want to be an officer, who didn't even really like
I'd say Kadohata is one of your best creations - she's a worthy replacement for Data, and a surprisingly complex character. While I wasn't too keen on Leybenzon, you definitely succeeded in making him the kind of enlisted war horse that you intended. I love seeing the Dominion War have impact on characters outside of DS9; it sometimes feels as though only Sisko et al. were involved.
On another (hopefully not too
sycophantic :P) note, I just ordered "Articles of the Federation" and can't wait to read it. I'm sure it'll live up to all the hype!