Character Inspiration

One question I often get asked about my stories is the character inspiration. There’s so many things that inspire my characters, but the biggest one is my family. Some of my relatives know they’re my inspiration, although I think a few will be surprised.

Today, I’m going to be talking about my family and how they inspired the characters in the books.

Mom

Most of the mothers in my books are inspired by my own mom. Everyone from Nancy Mitchell in Going Home Again to Charlotte Green in Westmore has my mother’s personality traits. Like the characters, my mom is very supportive of the choices I’ve made in my life. She’s encouraged me to follow my dreams even when I felt like giving up. She’s the type of person who you can talk to about anything and she’s always there for you. But don’t let the sweet exterior fool you, she can also have a tough side just like Charlotte. If you mess with her kids, you better be prepared to feel her wrath.

Brothers

Like Alicia Green in Westmore, I grew up with a household of brothers. I have two, while Alicia has to deal with a trio of them. Just like my own, the Green brothers can be pests and go too far with their teasing. John and David just love to push my buttons. It takes a lot to ignore their teasing, trust me it’s hard work. We may have our arguments at times, but at the end of the day we’re there for each other.

GRandma

Mom on the left, grandma on the right.

Last, but not least is my grandma. She’s the inspiration behind grandma Edie in Going Home Again. Both of them are worry warts, although I’d say my grandma is a bit worse than Edie (shh, don’t tell her I said that). Despite their tendency to worry, they’re both sweethearts. They love to reminisce about the old days and they teach about the importance of family.

This concludes today’s post, I hope you enjoyed reading about my family and how they inspired my characters.

Stay tuned next week when I’ll be giving you a glimpse into a day in my life.

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