Hey All –
When I write, I try to put myself into another person’s shoes. I tend to draw on my own experiences to craft a believable character, and I study others behaviors to sketch out basic traits.
But at the end of the day, all my characters have a bit of me in them whether it’s their personality, their likes, their dreams, or their physical appearance – I leave a bit of myself in all of them.
The fun part, however, is when I flesh out a character I loosely base on a real life person. Take Livie in KKLHS as an example. She’s beautiful with a perfect body, medium length blond wavy hair, and a killer wardrobe. She’s also a klepto, a manipulative liar, and cheated on endlessly by her charming boyfriend.
Oh, and have I mentioned her bitchy attitude? Yup, she’s got one of those too.
Now, no one I know IRL is a klepto – that I’m aware of – but I fleshed out Livie’s character by basing it on a conglomeration of real life people. Which is, in my opinion, the most fun. It’s like creating a monster from stray personality traits.
But at the end of the day, it all comes back to me. I’m the one in charge, and I leave my fingerprints all over my characters. In Livie’s case, she has the same hurt of betrayal, love of luxury goods, and hazel eyes. Sometimes, I wish I could be as bitchy IRL as I am on the page – LOL.
What’s fun is when people try to figure out on whom I based characters. My lips are sealed. But I think the asker always knows.
And really, what they want to ask is, are they in any of my books?
If you’re asking, the answer, most likely, is yes.