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