Beware Novelist At Work…
I’m not sure about you (you being a fellow author), but where do you get your characters from?
When I was writing parts of Nothing Left But Fear in hospital, I used the ward for inspiration for my characters.
I remember when I needed to describe the father to Carly Prow, and just at that point an older gentleman walked in.
I looked at him and decided that he would be Carly’s father. So I set to describing him with this person in front of me.
It made the description job much easier, with a real person in front of me.
Of course he had no idea what I was doing. Also, I’ve got no idea who he was either.
So although my book is complete fiction, you could say that one of the characters is based upon a real person…but what about the rest?
Warning to you if you are in the vicinity of a novelist…
So a word of warning to you…if there’s a novelist at work, you may end up being written into his book.
The majority of my characters come from my imagination though.
I guess they must be people I’ve met along the way, or based upon people I know.
How do you describe the characters in your books?