Not really. A few of the characters introduced in the second book are based off of guys that were in my French class, but that's it. I think that the three main characters (Zanni, Garr, and DeathX) are versions of myself in a way. Well, not DeathX so much (he's not introduced until the end), but definitely the other two.
Oh! Benny and Todd (who are also introduced at the end of the book, sorry) were characters that I asked a few friends to name and give a physical description for the sake of variety. It's unfortunate that I won't be posting the entire book online because those two are hilarious.
When will the amazing first novel hit the bookshelves?
(seriously, I need it NOW.)
Do you want your novels to become movies or do you feel like if they did, they wouldn't be captured how you would want them to be?
Also, do you have a soundtrack for your novels?
If someone were to make a movie, I'd want someone with a strange and offbeat mind to direct it. I'd want it to seem surreal. Ideally my three main characters would look as I'd imagined them. I'd hope that they'd use at least one A7X song per film and that they'd build the basketball court that I made up (it's not based on any courts in NM).
Thank you for reminding me! I keep forgetting to pull the titles off of my home computer for the "Playlist" page. I do have a few original recordings, and I made the chorus of one of them available as a ringtone. If you sift through my blog posts on here, you should be able to find it and download it.
The key is to have a story and characters that you really, really love. It'll feel like a crime to not tell their story. This is certainly true for The Atavists and for Jess and Wess of Creation. You don't have to write every day, but you do need to be thinking about your characters constantly. You'll bond with them.
Also, abandon your social life, invest in a speedy laptop, and turn on some good music! ;]
Thankyou for the advice! I will put it into practise as soon as I get a laptop ;]
Also, with The Atavists, did you plan out your story on paper, or did you have a vague idea and let it take you onward?