How much of you is in your characters? How many of them have things in common with people you know in real life?
My first published book just came out this month (which still doesn't seem real, by the way!) and people keep telling me they're reading it. I've been so thankful for the support! But what keeps making me laugh is the way people keep trying to find real life people in the story. I don't deny that a lot of me slipped into this main character, and yeah, now that people mention it, the hero does have one or two things in common with my hubby...
But seriously? They really are made-up people.
I think that's one of the things that scares me most about people actually reading what I've written. I'm worried they'll take everything my heroine thinks, every way she views the world, and think that I do too. And really? It's not true. We may have a lot in common, but we are different people.
(Side note: I even wrote a heroine once who didn't like coffee. Can you imagine the creative thinking that took for me??)
I do draw inspiration from friends and family members to keep characters authentic. But you can't go through my stories and draw direct parallels.
At least none that were intentional on my part. Haha.
What about you? Do you base people in your stories firmly on people you know in real life? Do you take inspiration?
And perhaps the one I'm most curious about--how much of you is in your heroines? (Tell me I'm not the only one who wonders that when I read a book?)