Have any of your protagonist/characters been modeled after a personal hero in your life? If so, what heroic qualities inspired you to add them to a book?
Bonus question: How were the heroic qualities incorporated into a story?
I've never intentionally patterned my characters from any one person, but each one seems to be a combination of several people, including the many sides to my own personality. I do-not pre-think about my characters; they just show up and are who they are supposed to be, with their own personality, quirks and problems.
My hero just does what he/she has to do. I never know how they are going to react to any given situation, and that's what makes it fun for me as the writer. I'm as surprised as the person reading the story for the first time. Somehow, that works for me.
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