This week's question: Who (from real life) have you written into a book?
This is a tricky one, because I try not to write people exactly from real life. I want my books to be read by the masses, and I never want to feel embarrassed that so-and-so realizes it's them. That's just awkward.
I also believe real life is never as interesting as fiction, and I think the same is true of characters. I do, however, take the essence of people and try to infuse them in my characters.
So, for example, I draw from my own experience to model my MC Bea from The Insect Collector.
I use all of my greatest and best friends to create a composite that is her closest friend, Maggie.
But... If you want to know a little secret, I met a person last year who I thought was a real slimeball. It was for an event and he was the guest speaker. He spoke eloquently and on interesting topics, but the moment his speaking time ended he became rude and unfriendly. He's one of those people that (no matter how he/she looks) becomes ugly before your eyes because of the way they treat people.
I spent most of the event,
a) wishing I was somewhere else, and
b) morphing him into my villain for The Insect Collector books.
When do I include a character from real life? Only when necessitated by the most honorable forms of revenge.
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