As many of you know, I base a lot of my characters on real people (usually with permission). Sometimes I write the character and then see a real live person to lean against. I might know the person. I might not.
In The Menu (2nd in The Alcrest Mysteries) which I am currently writing Chrys and a bunch of her co-workers from The Alcrest Gastropub go out to a club for ladies night. Without these secondary characters tagging along she would have a lonely night.
|Dee (Diane) with her favorite shoes|
|The 2 faces of Hanni |
(Nicole and Hanni)
Hanni - It's pronounced Honey. Was originally based off a woman I worked with. She was a very flirtatious bartender who insisted on where high-heeled boots. As she developed I began to think of her more as my sister-in-law and her name changed.
These characters make the novels real. There are a lot of other secondary characters, as there are in life, and without them the novels would be short and boring. In The Cistern you find out a little about Hanni, Dee, and a fair bit about Jessie - but more is coming in The Menu. Some of it controversial. Some of it perhaps shocking to the real live amazing women that these characters are loosely based on. All of it important to bring to life the adventures of Chrys and Spencer Alcrest.