Fictional Comeuppance

A question I get asked a lot when giving a talk, is whether I’ve ever written a real person into any of my stories. The short answer is: once (which I’ll get back to in a moment).

The long answer is more like this:  There are bits of me in every main character I write. She’s always more fearless than I am, prettier than I am, and braver…but little bits of me are in there, too (love of chocolate, dislike of veggies, a preference for being kind).

In terms of my other characters? I may borrow a mannerism or a quirk from someone I know or have met, but if I do, it’s one small aspect. No one character I’ve ever written is based one hundred percent on someone real.

Except one.

There is a one time character in one of the 29 pubbed books to date that was created in the image of a very particular person. Two very special somebodies helped me with the physical attributes of this particular “character” and I crafted the story (one with some well deserved–nope, not murder–comeuppance) this character demanded. I can’t say who the person/character is, or even which book this person is found, but I can say that it helped me burn off a little steam.  🙂

So, is there someone in your life you think would make a great character (good or bad) in a book?  Could be a children’s book, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, romance, etc… If so who and what genre would you write them into?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

4 Responses to “Fictional Comeuppance”

  1. Andrea
    December 7th, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Just want to make sure Chris knows I did see his super fantastic list of guys gift ideas!! I really appreciate it. I think the shirt you got from your daughter (expert opinions) is so true. 🙂 Thanks again!

    I will have to get back to you on the character idea.

  2. Debbie S
    December 7th, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Like you there are a few people that I have met that maybe parts of them in a book but not the whole personality. They would be more quirky characters, one is a coworker, she is the sweetest woman (she reminds me a lot of Paula Dean), she doesn’t like to cook but she is always bringing some kind of snack to work and trying to get people to eat, and you never know what will come out of her. Another coworker that used to work there who quit a few months ago was the total opposite, she never had a nice thing to say about anybody, she loved to cook but never brought anything in to share. We nicknamed her the Demeantor (from Harry Potter, a creature that sucked the happiness out of everyone) if you worked beside her long enough you felt like your happiness had been sucked out.

  3. Kay Bennett
    December 7th, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Tons of people in my life would make great characters. I think that is what makes cozies so good (and a lot of fiction in general). You can see someone you know in the characters. Of course my mother would make a fabulous side kick, hilarious even when she is not trying to be, generous, caring and amazing. My family would in general make great characters. All of us are different while somewhat the same. (Although we all swear my sister is adopted because she has a pin head and we all have huge heads – therefore huge brains, lol. also she acts nothing like us). When my brother was rocking in his band and BOA I met tons of characters, real characters for sure. Always had one or two people I worked with like you Debbie – the Demeantors for sure. My oma’s life story should really be in a book (concentration camp where she saved her daughters, including my mother by her language skills, saved the whole train car while they were being transported and so so much more). Her mother lived to be 105 and worked until she was 102. I think also my pets would make great characters in books. Including my cat that was a dog and attack dog, my service dog and my sweet Tyler who has a form of ocd that is hilarious. Ok and since I always talk too much here I will try to stop now, lol. Great question

  4. Andrea
    December 7th, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Kay–I bet your oma’s story is very interesting.
    Debbie–That lady who brings food sounds awesome. Reminds me of a few people I know.
    My grandma reminds me of the characters from the Southern Sewing Circle series. She would also be good for a book set on a farm in the 30s. She does everything. She bakes, takes care of the animals, sews, etc. She works hard still. She speaks her mind and she’s a bit grumpy (in a funny way). She makes a mean pitcher of sweet tea too! The best! 🙂 I like to call her “a tough old gal”.

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