Recently I was asked where my characters come from. I answered flippantly, “From myself.” Well of course that is true to a degree. What I should have said is that my disclaimer in every book reads “This is a fictional novel. Any resemblance to actual lives or persons is accidental and should not be taken as fact.” This is also true, but occasionally characteristics of interesting people who I’ve known might creep into my novels. I also have a mug which reads “Please do not annoy the writer. She may put you in a book and kill you.” Interpret this as you will.