Recently, an old friend of mine sent me a note on Facebook (come on over and find me on my author page—I’d love to see you!). Her message went something like this: “OMG, I read the part about XYZ on page XX of The Violets of March, and I know where you got that!” And yes, she was right! If you know me well, you will be able to pick out certain character traits and snippets in the book that come from real life people. Um, apologies to everyone I know!
Yes, Violets is a work of fiction, of course, but while writing the story, I definitely thought about the character traits of the people I love (as well as the ones I struggle to like!). Here are a few examples of real life people who inspired characters/stories in the book:
*Aunt Bee, in Violets, eats the same breakfast every morning: sourdough toast cut up in squares and topped with whipped honey and butter, which is served on a paper towel. This is exactly the way my late grandmother, Cecelia, ate her breakfast. And it makes me think of her and miss her! It’s a comfort breakfast for me.
*The reference about the girl in high school who was worried about missing the ferry from Seattle returning to the island—the girl who decided to just go for it and jump from the ferry terminal to try to catch the ferry that had already pulled out into the harbor and, oops, fell into the Puget Sound. This is a true story of a girl I knew in high school.
*Greg: Yup, he’s modeled after a guy I had a crush on when I was a teenager! I couldn’t help myself. 🙂
There are lots more. So, yeah, I guess don’t hang out with me. I might steal your quirks and put them in a novel. I promise, I won’t use your real name!
Tell me: Would it offend you if your good friend was a novelist and you recognized something about yourself or a shared experience that was told in the story (anonymously of course)? Or would it make you grin conspiratorially?