Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the March Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series! The support from Chicklit authors was amazing as we have 12 authors participating in this group author interview.
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So, the 7th question is “What inspired the characters?”
1) Author #1 : Tetasheri Whitney
The history of the reign of Scotland…also the areas of the world where sex trafficking is known to have high rates.
2) Author #2: Beth Merlin
Many of characters in The Campfire Series are a composite of real and fictional people. For example, Victoria and Annabelle Ellicott are my fictionalized version of Kate and Pippa Middleton. Trini Bower is my take on Tim Gunn from Project Runway. The other main characters are a mix of real and made up traits.
3) Author #3: Tracy Orchard
The people around me, and myself. I observe real life events and then wonder how my characters would react in that situation.
4) Author #4: Jae El Foster
‘Ashaki’s Beauty Parlor’ is a spin-off of my 2006 novel ‘The Estranged Affair: A Love Story.’ To this day, there is debate in my small town about who Daniel and Chandler might be based on, and I’ll never tell the answer. As for Ashaki, she is based off my best friend and soul sister Crystal.
5) Author #5: Adesanya
My Muses inspire all.
6) Author #6: Amy Spitzfaden
I came up with the concept when I was processing a serious breakup of mine. I had one of the characters focus on the betrayal felt when someone you spent so much time with and invested so much in decides they like someone else better, and the other character dealt with the guilt that comes along with realizing you might not want to stay with the person you’d previously envisioned your life with.
7) Author #7: Summer Dowell
Usually people in my life. Each of my characters is a blend of personalities and traits of so many people I’ve known. There’s nothing more fun than coming up with a unique persona for a new character, especially when I have someone to base them off of!
8) Author #8: Jennifer Patricia O’Keeffe
In my story ‘All I Want is to Be Happy,’ my main character Michael is inspired by my BFF, while Michael’s BFF is inspired by me.
9) Author #9: Sasha Lane
I wanted characters with a bond, and a really strong friendship. I’m lucky to find myself with some really good friends and I wanted that to be at the core of the book. I wanted to show them sharing a journey through life with all the challenges that can be thrown at us.
10) Author #10: Kristin Billerbeck
A young woman who is struggling in life while her Dad’s second family flourishes. She has everything within her and I want her to discover that, so I’m writing the ending I want for her.
11) Author #11: Phaedra Patrick
My heroine Martha Storm, took inspiration from several places. My own inability to say ‘no’ when I was younger, and taking on too much. My mum, who helps out an elderly neighbour with her sewing, and a friend who does a lot for her community. I drew threads in from all these and others.
12) Author #12: Katie Joyce Cross
My life! (Isn’t that terrifying and amazing at the same time?)
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