Inspiration for Characters

Sisters.  They know us better than anyone else on earth.  They know our strengths, our weaknesses and our most embarrassing moments.  They celebrate the good times and eat ice-cream and vodka sundaes with you during the bad times.  And no matter what, they have your back. 

Most of my female characters have traits that trace back to my sister, Debbie.  If my heroine is kind beyond measure and would give someone the blue Crush t-shirt off her body, it’d be Debbie.  If my heroine is more than willing to chase two grown men in a beat up van through town to give them a piece of her mind because they cut her off at a stop light, it’d be Deb.  Pay no mind to the fact that she’s five feet tall and weighs about a hundred pounds.  The irish temper makes up for it.

If my character has the rare ability to cut through the crap and see the real picture, well…that’s my sister too.  She’s a complex woman who gives me much to write about.  And she’s one of the kindest, most loyal, and fun fireballs on the planet.

So, I’d like to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sister Debbie.  I love you, Deb.  And thanks for the inspiration.  🙂

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14 thoughts on “Inspiration for Characters”

  1. josh1340 says:

    It’s good to see siblings that inspire each other. I get a lot of material for my characters from my brother.

    1. They give us tons to write about, don’t they Josh? 🙂

  2. Brandi Hall says:

    Awe…that post is so sweet, it makes me wish I had a sister. You’re a lucky girl! :o)

    If I were to somehow gain inspiration for a character from my only brother, I’d have a hero who was a flaky mush, who didn’t know how to be alone — or be a responsible adult. Hmmmmmm, somehow I don’t think that’d sell many books…lol.

    Great post!

    1. Okay – that’s funny. I know we’ll see a character of yours with those attributes now–maybe not the good guy, but…

  3. Lynn Rush says:

    This is awesome! Sounds like a special person. You’re lucky to have such a great connection with her.

    1. Thanks Lynn! Yeah – Deb’s the best. 🙂

  4. Brandie Chapman says:

    Thanks for early morning tears in the coffee!!! Love it love it!! xoxob

    1. Thanks Brans! Text her and remind her to get on the computer today so she can read it. 🙂

  5. Deb says:

    Thanks for the birthday tears!!! I am so proud to be your sister!! You are an inspiration to us all! I love you.. 🙂

    1. OMG that is so mushy for you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! See you at dinner. 🙂

  6. Heather says:

    What a great post! I can’t wait to “meet” your sister by reading the adventures of your heroines.

    1. Thanks! Deb’s the heroine who’s usually in some sort of scrape… 🙂

  7. Julie Hinsz says:

    Tell Debbie Happy Birthday from all of us! I know firecrackers come in small packages!

    1. Hey Julie – I’ll tell her at dinner tonight. Hope all is well with you and your family!