Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Witch Woman - heterochromia iridium

    Heterochromia iridium refers to a difference in coloration, usually of the iris. It comes from a lack, or excess amount, of melanin and may be inherited or the result of disease or injury.
    Maggie, the main character in my soon-to-be-released e-book, WITCH WOMAN, has that interesting physical trait, one blue eye and one brown. Although we see animals exhibiting this condition fairly often, it occurs rarely in the human population. The odds are approximately one in a million. Usually, the affected iris is a much lighter shade of the normal eye, ie: topaz-brown, hazel-brown or blue-green combinations. Rarely do we see the distracting blue-brown that I created with the fictional character Maggie McBride, however, I did find that very same startling characteristic in the real Max Scherzer, a National League baseball player whose photo appears above. The wonderful thing about fiction is the way an author can manipulate facts to create an intriguing story. 


  1. This is amazing! I can't believe he's real.

  2. He's definitely real and so is his heterochromia iridium. He has an extremely rare form of the already rare disease, however, most people don't have such polar opposite colors.