I love stories.

I listen to them. I watch them on TV, videos, or movies. I read them.

And I write them.

I’ve written almost every kind of story there is. Mystery, romance, confession, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, and every other kind I can think of and garnered a couple prizes and ‘best-selling’ author designations along the way.

I’ve written short stories, novellas, and novels.

In the process I’ve learned that my favorite stories are science fiction and paranormal. Preferably the two combined.

My stories are always clean, they are always either contemporary or near future, they always have at least a slight romantic element, and they always end happily. Always. Guaaranteed. (Okay, two short stories, ‘The River Boy’ and ‘Down From The Mountain’ have endings that might not be considered completely happy. Maybe just somewhat happy. You decide.)

Check out the covers below and see what you think. And have a happy, happy day.

MOST RECENT: PUBLISHED OR WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON

A reader’s question: How do you base an antagonist on a real-life person without making that person recognizable?

How do I model a character after someone real without giving away their identity?

Easy. Describe that person exactly as you know them without any specific, identifiable details. No names, dates, or anything else that will point directly to them.

Don’t worry that your description itself will be a ‘give-away’ because everyone sees people differently and when that person’s friends read your description, they won’t recognize their friend.

Guaranteed! I promise!

I know because it happened to me. I received the free author’s copy of a magazine with a story in it that happened to include a character based on someone I knew well at the same time that featured character and several of our mutual friends were visiting.

They all clamored to read my story and I just about died!

Until I realized that not a single person recognized the main character who was seated across the table from the reader and who, later, also read the story and did not recognize herself!

So don’t worry as long as you don’t give specifics!

2 responses to “A reader’s question: How do you base an antagonist on a real-life person without making that person recognizable?”

  1. Hi Florence, like usual I love and enjoy reading your newsletters, this is so, very good! God Bless you. Have a Great week. 🙂

  2. You too. Have a great week. Recently, life is going so fast that I’m not even sure what day it is! Is that a summer thing or just a human thing?

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