I am often asked if my book characters are real people. That’s a tricky question. I’d have to say yes and no.
As a writer, I use my experiences, and to some degree, the people I’ve met, in my novels. This does not mean that my stories are ‘real’ or that any one character represents a ‘real’ person. However, my characters and storyline may be written using a combination of traits from real people and situations. That is, I may use various traits from different people to help make up one or several characters. And I may use an assortment of real situations and mix them together to create stories. Sometimes, characters introduce themselves to me as I write and I meet them for the very first time. We writers have a habit of talking to fictional characters.
Hopefully, my characters are developed enough to seem real, and readers will perhaps see a little of themselves in my novels.