Character Inspiration and IRL People
I’m often asked if I write the people I know into my books. In fact, several who’ve had a chance to read the advanced copy of Fighting Kat said they thought of me and my boyfriend, Matt/“itsOrD”.
Fun Fact: The Triton Experiment series began with Hunting Kat, which was written and published by Carina Press prior to my having met Matt. So Kaitlyn and Rygard are not me and my boyfriend.
My characters are inspired by bits and pieces of interactions though, from every person I encounter. A snippet of conversation, a facial expression, a funny anecdote…those are captured in my stories. Usually, I use those little snippets to give a character life and personality. I use favorite phrases, funny habits, and little idiosyncrasies to give depth and that extra spark to a character. Sometimes the snippets add to the overall story arc as well, but usually they lend towards character building.
In the course of creating my characters in Fighting Kat, I fell in love with many of them. I hope my readers do to.
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