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Are the traits of anyone close to you
apparent in your characters?
“In the Society of Feathers series Diana was based off of a woman I once knew and cared about deeply. She was my best friend’s mother growing up and died very tragically. Writing that character has been my way of keeping her alive in my heart.”
“The three best friends in my books are loosely based off three of my friends from high school.”
– Quinn Loftis
“I always said I wouldn’t put pieces of the people I know into my characters, but I guess a few traits have snuck in subconsciously here and there. Things like loyalty, protectiveness—they’re qualities that many of my close friends and family share. A lot of my characters are fiercely loyal, especially towards the people they love. I won’t incorporate direct traits from specific people, though. That just muddies the water for me…”
“I don’t consciously write characters based on real individuals. If anything, I think my own personal traits come out the most in my characters. I find they’re more realistic that way.”
“Roger from Something to Blog About is based a lot on one of my cousins. They have a lot of the same personality traits and we were really close growing up just like Roger is with his cousin Libby.”
“I, like probably many writers, take character traits form real people I have encountered in my life. The characters in my story are a mixture of more than one of those people.”
“I don’t know if it’s apparent, but I don’t know how writers can’t. Sometimes a character’s personality traits stem from people I know, or a blend of people, but I don’t see how this can be avoided. I think if other authors say they “imagine” all of their characters up, they’re lying.”
“I think Liv (In The Soul Quest Trilogy) is quite a bit like me. When I was writing her thoughts, reactions, ect… I often thought, “What would I do?” in her circumstances (if I had her powers, of course, LOL!). Although physically in appearance I envisioned my beautiful daughter, Olivia.”
–Amy Maurer Jones
“Russell from Dehumanized has certain qualities of a friend of mine. The two are very similar in the fact that they’re sympathetic towards others, despite their differences. In Dehumanized, Russell showed a certain understanding towards Ryan, even though he himself was not infected at the time. I like to think I got the idea from my friend who always shows compassion towards those that everyone else shuns.”
“The main character Abel in my Legacy of Kilkenny series is similar to my son, Allie and Pru are similar to my daughter. In my Light Tamer series - Amber’s personality is similar to me….as well as the grandma.”
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