Book News: I’m a Book Character in The Midnight Spell!

Book News Book News: Im a Book Character in The Midnight Spell!

The other day one of my favorite people EVER, Rhiannon Frater, posted a blog post called:

FAQ: Do You Base Characters Off of You or People You Know?

And I thought I’d share my SQUEE moment with the rest of you! As you all know, I’m Rhiannon Frater’s biggest *fangirl* and seriously… She rocks my face off!!!

Here’s a snippet of her Q&A post:

So do you base characters off of friends, family, people you know…

A few years ago the answer to this question would have been a firm no, but now three characters have been deliberately crafted off of people I know. Rune from AS THE WORLD DIES is based off my friend and former co-worker, George, Olivia from THE MIDNIGHT SPELL is based off cabaret dancer and friend, Wendy aka Ginger Snaps, and Ashley from THE MIDNIGHT SPELL is based off of Ashley (aka the Zombie Queen) of The Bookish Brunette blog.

Rune came into being because George was reading the online serial of AS THE WORLD DIES and told me point blank I should include him. I started to tell him that I never base characters off of friends until I realized George would survive the zombocalypse. Rune is not George, but I could definitely see them hanging out. I gave several of George’s traits to Rune, such as being a biker, the long white hair, and the cocky attitude, but Rune isn’t as sweet or kind as George.

Olivia in THE MIDNIGHT SPELL looks nothing like Wendy, but she does share her flare for pinup makeup and cute outfits. She also has a sassy/snarky aspect about her that my co-author, Kody Boye, and I stole from Wendy.  Also, the big epic reveal about Olivia was directly inspired by a certain obsession Wendy has.

Ashley in THE MIDNIGHT SPELL was a no-brainer. The real Ashley is so damn cute, funny, nuts, and amazing, we just cloned her and shoved her into the book.  Kody and I cannot claim to know the inner workings of the real Ashley’s mind, but a lot of her personality traits, her likes, and her appearance is in the cloned version of her. One of our Beta reader’s recognized her, which I thought was a hoot.

[Read the full post here]

I KNOW RIGHT?!?! And after reading The Midnight Spell- Ashley (in the book) is VERY MUCH like me. Like scarily and AWESOMELY similar! Not to mention, the book itself is super freaking fabulous!

I think it’s crazy funny that some of my favorite Rhiannon Frater characters happen to be based off real people! I LOVED Rune in the As the World Dies series- definitely an ALL TIME FAVORITE character!

AND Olivia from The Midnight Spell was fabulous, to the point of EPIC. If I hadn’t been a character in the book- then Olivia would’ve been my fav! Seriously!!!

As if you needed any more encouragement to read a book written by Rhiannon Frater… now there’s one more incentive- You can check out my bookish alter ego in The Midnight Spell!

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The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater & Kody Boye

Expected publication: February 2013 by Rhiannon Frater

Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas. The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a witch.

On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious boy enrolls at school and sets hearts a flutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.

When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, the best friends realize that finding a boyfriend is the least of their worries. Soon Adam and Christy will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before, and will again.

 Book News: Im a Book Character in The Midnight Spell!


 Book News: Im a Book Character in The Midnight Spell!


Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to

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 Book News: Im a Book Character in The Midnight Spell!


Kody Boye was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. Since his initial publication in the Yellow Mama Webzine in 2007, he has gone on to sell nearly three-dozen stories to various markets. He is the author of the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the dark fantasy novel Blood. His fiction has been described as ‘Surreal, beautiful and harrowing’ (Fantastic Horror,) while he himself has been heralded as a writer beyond his years(Bitten by Books.) He currently lives and writes in the Austin, Texas area.

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23 Responses to Book News: I’m a Book Character in The Midnight Spell!

  1. That is fantastic news!

  2. What an honor!!! Congratulations! Now, it has me even more excited to see how Rhiannon and Kody bring you to life as a character in their book! I know one thing she will be bad ass!! lol

  3. Wow! Just wow… That is so amazingly awesome. Congratulations, Ashley! How much fun to have yourself in a book you love:)

  4. Dude!! That is freaking awesome!! I can’t wait to read it and meet your character!! And if she has your seal of approval then she has to be fabulously awesome!!

  5. Now that is just freaking awesome! How cool is that? I would squee, jump up and down, and then oddly hope had some gruesome moment that would never happen to me in real life :)

  6. SO AWESOME Ashley! :-D

  7. Jenny says:

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS AMAZING!!!! Yay for you Ashley!!!! I would frame the cover of the book and hang in on my wall, then buy like 30 copies and share them with everyone I knew:) So excited for you!

  8. jendsmit says:

    So awesome!!!!!

  9. Wow!! Congrats Ashely! That’s such an honor :D

  10. OMG! So awesomesauce!!!!!! So need to read this one now. :)

  11. NICE!!! Those are two of my favorite authors writing about one of my favorite bloggers, how can it miss?!?!?!

  12. Congrats on the new book (I really like Pretty When She Dies) and yay for Ashley being a character in a book.

  13. That’s so cool! I’m going to read this soon, so now I’m excited to see “you!” :D

  14. littleread1 says:

    How great is that?! Super thrilled for you, and a little jealous, but more thrilled! :-)

  15. That’s pretty awesome. :-) How exciting!

  16. OMG that is amazing!!! Congrats!!!

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