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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Beyond the Book: Why Yes I Do


Have you ever based a character on a real person? Have you ever used a TV or movie character as inspiration for a character in your stories? 

To begin, I suppose most authors must have a certain type of hero or heroine that possesses the same qualities that the author admires. Looking back at my own work I think it’s mostly true of me. However, as my career continued, I started to write some characters that ended up being atypical of my work. That’s ok with me too. I don’t really like single dimension, flat characters. No one is perfect, and when a book has nothing but perfect characters it’s boring. 

That being said, in my early years of writing I did totally base a character on a real person. The character was Dan Wakefield who was my hero in Turnaround Farm. I think this was the third book I ever wrote. I occasionally edited the book as time passed, but I didn’t really do anything with until just a few years ago. So, what was Dan like?

First, his moral compass defines almost everything he does. His beliefs are his own, and he won’t deviate from them.

Second, He came from a family without much money so sometimes life was hard. He learned patience and the value of hard work while helping his family.

Third, he loves animals, and they love him in return. 

Fourth, he didn’t date much. There was no time for dating when he was working so hard to keep Turnaround Farm. 

Fifth, He sacrifices for people he loves, putting their needs before his own.

Sixth, He’s dependable. If he says he’ll do something he will. 

Seventh, he’s faithful. Once he finds the woman he loves he never looks at another woman.

Eighth, he’ll deny himself something he wants, but he’s generous to a fault with his loved ones.

Ninth, he’s self-sufficient, which can be both good and bad, and he hates parties. 

Tenth, he’s not perfect. He loses his temper sometimes, and he can hold a grudge. 

While I was writing the book, Dan seemed so familiar to me. It was easy to write scenes from his point of view. It was like I knew exactly what he would say and how he would react to situations. I didn’t pay it much attention, though, except to think how much my writing had improved, LOL. Trust me; this was one of my first books so my congratulations to myself were slightly premature.

I didn’t figure out who Dan really was until a publisher picked it up, and I started edits. I knew this guy! No wonder I knew exactly how he’d react. Without realizing it, I had based Dan on my husband. Yep, Dan for the most part was my husband made over. I told him about it, which slightly alarmed him. He read the book, and after that he didn’t seem too worried so I assume he was pleased with himself. For that reason, Turnaround Farm is one of my favorite books. 

If you know an author have you recognized yourself in anyone’s book? 

I wanted to let everyone know that my ebook, TURNAROUND FARM, has been added to Draft2Digital which makes the book available from multiple sources. It will be available on March 1, 2023.
From today, January 30, through February 28th the price will be $2.99 for its prerelease. March 1st it will be offered at the regular price of $3.99
Here is a link called a UBL-- Universal Book Link.

When you click it, you will be taken to From there you will be given the option of which vendor you want to use for purchasing your book.
If you want to order from Amazon, the book is still available at

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