And before I forget, there's a giveaway going on, the NAmazing Adventure, which I'm taking part in: I have a little giveaway going on, and then there's the main one for a TON of books. Details here!
So, I was visiting home this past week and a perennial topic came up that I thought I'd ask you all
|Buzz IRL :)|
Here's the thing: I've only once ever used someone I knew as a character in a book. This was Oliver in The Chemistry of Fate, and he was completely based on a very strange flat-mate I had while living in Barcelona (someday I'll go into detail about the time he go into a fight with the quiet Chilean guy that ended with the police arriving...). Anyhow, he was larger than life, often not in the best way, but I couldn't resist borrowing quite a few little things to flesh out the Oliver in my then-WIP.
But, I'll admit that I do sometimes borrow other bits--maybe a quirk, or a habit, or something someone says, to gift to a character. I definitely don't do much, mainly because I like coming up with new people for my book. But a little borrowing is fun.
So, I'm curious: do you have concerned family members? :) How about borrowing little character traits--have you ever done that? Or have you used someone you know in real life almost entirely as a character?