Good afternoon!

I hope you have all had a wonderful day so far! My day has been quite enjoyable, indeed–it snowed! If you live down south, you may understand how big a deal snow is. Being in Alabama, snow is equivalent to some kind of natural disaster: SHUT ALL SCHOOLS DOWN, SEND HOME THE KIDS, STOCK UP ON BREAD AND WATER, STAY SAFE AND WARM INSIDE YOUR HOMES IF POSSIBLE–WE ARE EXPECTING UP TO THREE INCHES OF SNOW…

Welcome to Alabama, folks. (Okay, that was a minor exaggeration, but sometimes it feels this way!) It snowed pretty steadily for about half an hour, but it’s stopped now, and the snow is already melting. It was rather short lived, but it was fun while it lasted!

Also, this week has been wonderful and terrible for me as far as my progress for Book 2. It’s been wonderful because I actually WROTE on it (which I haven’t done for about three months), but it’s been terrible because I decided to scrap all that I had written previously (over 20,000 words) and start over. No worries, though. I did the same for Book 1, and it turned out fine. (;

Soooo. On to the question of the day!! Many different people have asked me this question over the months, so I thought I might as well answer it on here in case anyone else was wondering.

Question: Are any of the characters in your book based on real people?

My Answer: Yes and No. But mostly yes!

This is a really fun question to answer, but at the same time  difficult. There are a few characters that are literally based on my friends–personality, features, the works. And then some of the characters have a trait or two picked out from people I know.

To start off with, I will say that four characters in MotC are based on people I know. Two are directly based on two of my friends (look and act like them), one is a child version of my friend (17-year-old friend, but her character is an adorable 5-year-old), and one simply shares a name with my friend and a few physical features. It’s really fun for me to add in people I know as characters, and I always like to ask my friends if they’d like to be in my book. My first question is always “If you could have a super power, what would it be?” Some people take it seriously, some don’t. Only the worthiest end up in my book. (;

It’s also really helpful for me to use people I know as characters because I already know them. I don’t have to guess at how they’re feeling or what they would do in a certain situation (though, if I have my doubts, I can always ask!). But at the same time, I enjoy creating totally new characters!

Aside from that, there are three or four more characters based on people I know in the following novels.

Now, I also create characters who remind me of my friends and family, but don’t specifically plan on doing it; it just…happens. I usually realize later on that a certain character reminds me of someone. For instance, when my mother began reading my book (which wasn’t until after I began the second version), she pointed out that Xavier reminded her of me. I was like, NO WAY!!! It was the first time anyone had mentioned it, and I’d never really thought about it before then. I think after she said it, though, I got really into it, and kind of blew it up more. It was nice to have a character that I could relate to and that I didn’t have to think too hard when writing about.

Zenia is a TOTALLY different story. I really have to think when writing in her POV. But, now, looking back, she resembles one of my friends in a few ways. I think I picked out all my favorite attributes–her kindness, genuineness, and positive outlook–and stuck them all on Zenia. At the same time, though, she’s totally different from my friend in a lot of ways. So, I’m not sure if that counts… Hmm…

Until the book actually comes out, I won’t really go into detail about which character resembles whom. Though, I hope my answer was sufficient for today!

On a slightly random note, I drew a picture of two of my characters yesterday, and I thought I’d share it with you. So, here it is!

Xavier & Farrah

Look! It’s Xavier and Farrah!! A younger version of them, anyways. (:

All righty, folks, that’s it for tonight. Have a safe, blessed week. And watch out for that fluffy, cold, white stuff falling from the sky!

Farewell to all,

B.H. Parker

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” -Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)