Secret Confession – I write people I know into my novels.
But, don’t worry, I don’t kill them.
Last week I got a text from a friend. He’d just finished reading The Scent of Wrath and was excited to see his name in print. In this case I wasn’t really thinking of him – his first name is common – but don’t tell him that.
Other times I intentionally write real people into my stories. Here’s a few examples:
In Chapter 2, Olivia is frantically searching the San Juan Capistrano Mission for Brian, who is recovering from a head injury. She stops a little boy who’s in Brian’s class to see if he knows where her son is. Johnny Wilson, the boy, is not little anymore. He’s thirty, and a good friend of my kids, but I’ve known him since he was a shaver.
In Chapter 12, I mention a Pilates instructor who can’t come to Olivia’s party, Julianne, because she’s teaching at ABC Pilates that evening. I worked with Julianne at ABC Pilates and the YMCA for years.
In Chapter 2, Steven Homestead, garden volunteer, finds the body. He’s the son of a close friend. That’s all he was supposed to do, but as I wrote I realized I needed more out of him. He makes problems for Abby and her father in Chapters 16 and 20 too.
The Color of Envy: (Coming this summer)
In Chapter 1, a woman walks her dog in a Seattle park early in the morning and has a harrowing experience. My sister-in-law, Kate, lives in Seattle, so she seemed like a natural choice. She could use a little shaking up in her life. For added fun, I decided to name the dog after my nephew Jake.
Would you like to be featured in one of the sins?
If so, join my Facebook Group, post there and tell me why you’re a good candidate for A Pinch of Gluttony! I’ll let everyone know who the winner is next month.