So it’s not surprising that I feel the same way about my novels.When I write, I always start with the people. And how do I find these “people” to star in my novels? Inspiration comes from real life. In my first novel, Magical Man List, the inspiration hit close to home. The characters were my husband and I; the story was how we both used lists to find true love…true story. Then I fictionalize the characters and the story line, adding characters that were an amalgamation of friends and family to fill out the cast. Sometimes, however, life imitates art. My two main female characters are huge baseball fans and in love with Mike Piazza. Then lo and behold...I get to meet Mike Piazza and give him a copy of my novel in which he is mentioned. That's Mike and I in the photo. How cool is that!
In The Write Man for Her, I was inspired by a pilot who ran a flight school even after he lost the feeling in his legs in an airplane crash. Having your hero in a wheelchair posed some challenges and needed some delicate research into what can and cannot be done once you are paralyzed from the waist down. But the biggest hurdle was getting publishers to believe that my hero could pull it off, and he did!Because I never know where inspiration will come from, I keep notebooks with what I call character sketches. When I meet an interesting person, I joint down a few characteristics then use that as a jumping off point for a character.
Have you ever met someone that made you think; “Now there is someone who should be in a book?”If you were writing a book (or have written one) who would be or is your most unusual character, male or female?