My students often ask me how I come up with my characters. For me this is the most exciting part about writing. I love my characters. I fall in love with them. I wish that they were real and sometimes I even forget that they aren’t.
In my young adult series I base my characters from people that I know, and I even use similar names. My students love that and they all want to be in my next book.
I wanted to use my niece Fiona in a book and my favorite student as well. I planned on them having a small secondary role in the novel, really just a small appearance. But, once I started to write them I loved their characters and thought they brought so much to the novel and the story that they came to play a much bigger role in the story than I anticipated.
That is another thing that I love so much about writing. I always have an idea when I start to write a new book as to where I think the book is going to go. But, it never ends up that way. I feel like my characters take on a mind of their won and they end up doing things that I didn’t even think of at first.
When I wrote my niece Fiona into my book I had to age her by fourteen years. At one point I had to call my brother to ask if he was ok with his daughter kissing a boy and she was going to swear. He reluctantly gave in. He was much happier to allow her to curse then he was to kiss a boy. He is going to have a tough time with that when she is in high school! She is a cutie.
My biggest regret of my historical romance novel Sea of Passion is that I didn’t include my dog Kugar into the story. Every novel that I have written since she has been in. I didn’t want to take a big dog on the open seas, but I could have tried to fit her in once they made it to England.
She may not have made it as a character in the book, but here she is on a beautiful spring day, “reading” Sea of Passion.