I think of my characters as the children of my soul. Each one has a piece of me, and bits and parts of people I know or have known.

Some of my protagonists are a combination of family members and other loved ones. As I build a character, I find that my heart becomes invested during the process, and it becomes important where I plan to take that character.

The smaller characters often contain something that I’ve seen in someone or in passing.  It’s hard with antagonists to detach myself enough to make their storyline realistic. I’ve always believed that people are neither all good or all bad. I think I reflect that in my writing.

Hard lately to keep this optimism about people when so much is going on in the world.

What I love about this quote, is that it reminds me of how unique and special my characters are to me. I hope also to my readers.

Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and on Kindle Unlimited; also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Amazon.com/dp/B0759MYN81. Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. I am 60 and married with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Doestoyefsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in the Midwest United States with my husband, Chris and my dog, Max.

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