Q: Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
A: Normally, I try not to base characters off of real people. It gets a little messy if that person ends up reading the book and realizing they’ve been plagiarized. However, I will confess that several characters in my Loup-Garou Series were based on actual people in name and profession ONLY. The three teachers that Katey feels attached to in The Enigma, who become major players throughout the series and also the Legacy Series, were based on three teachers I had in my freshmen year of high school. They were immensely influential in many ways and I liked them all for different reasons, which comes out in Katey’s reactions to them. Although I’m sure none of them will ever read the series, I would hope they know that it was meant as a token of my appreciation and they they’re flattered rather than offended that I used their names. Everything else, except maybe their appearances, is completely fictitious.
Apart from that, normally the characters I create are a melding of different people, including myself. I think all authors put a bit of their own soul into every story and every character. Maybe not as a whole, but in quirks and mannerisms. I comb my fingers through my hair a lot, so one may read about a heroine doing that when she’s nervous or agitated. Just as an example. A lot of my husband shows up in my characters as well. Whenever a male characters is being a little goofy or he says something romantic, chances are that my husband has done those things already.