Do you base your characters on real people? Ask the Author Wednesday

Yes and no. Almost all of the characters in Thunderstone are loosely based on real people since I actually took that trip to the Mississippi headwaters with a bunch of family. Ice and Nik are completely fictional unfortunately – it would’ve been cool to meet a medicine man and his apprentice! In the other novels I’ve written, the characters are made-up. Sometimes they look like someone I know, or even someone I’ve simply seen. I try to hear how a character’s voice sounds in my head and occasionally it sounds familiar. I may base reactions, characteristics, and affectations on real people to make the characters believable, but more often, as the story progresses, the characters take on a life of their own. That’s when things get really interesting…

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