Friday, October 24, 2014

Character Mimicry


Sometimes, after I create a new heroine, I find myself mimicking her world—often without realizing I’m doing it. For example, Delaney is a rock-climber (no, un-uh, I’m afraid of heights) who has a gray tabby Maine Coon cat with attitude. When my cat of sixteen years passed away a while ago, I began visiting the local shelters looking for a replacement.
Petzl
After several weeks and multiple trips I found the one that was destined to be mine. Until I named her I hadn’t realized subconsciously this was Delaney’s cat. Part Maine Coon, my Petzl (named for a climber/climbing equipment manufacturer) has an uncanny resemblance to that fictional cat I had created four years earlier.

 
In my new series, Caitlyn is a lieutenant in the US Coast Guard. Her “office” is a Jayhawk helicopter (I bet I could get a lesson in a helicopter…) and her ground transportation is a sexy black sport bike. When I started this story I had a Honda Blackhawk (trust me, the only thing in common was the color). But after researching sport bikes I found myself becoming more and more intrigued with the idea.
My Ninja
Yep, when the opportunity presented itself, I became the proud owner of a Ninja 500 (while it lacks the horsepower of Caitlyn’s monster, I prefer mine red with black trim).


Kelly, my female USCG rescue swimmer, gets to live one of my fantasies too. (No, jumping out of a helicopter is not my idea of fun!) She lives on a cabin cruiser in a Florida marina. While my 36 foot Sea Ray was the inspiration for her abode, I never spent longer than a week on the water. But oh, how I would love to do that full time (well, not when a hurricane is bearing down on Florida—it was bad enough hunkered down in a concrete-block home—imaging what that would be like on a boat is the stuff of nightmares).

Hmm, I wonder how my new Steampunk heroine is going to influence my future….

5 comments:

Sandy said...

Your adventures fit well with writing romantic suspense. Looking forward to your upcoming Coast Guard Series.

Sharon Calvin said...

Thanks Sandy. I really need to check into that helicopter intro lesson!

Toni Anderson said...

Wow--I tend to steal from my real life to feed my fiction and you do it the other way around. Very cool :) The first job I ever wanted was helicopter pilot but I was too short and short-sighted. My second was marine biologist. One of these days I'm going to have to write a novel about a writer :)

Great post.

Laurie Cooper said...

both you and your heroines are much more adventurous than I am. I like my feet planted firmly on the ground. But that's what makes it so much fun to read books where the characters do things I would never do. It's fun living vicariously through the character.

J Wachowski said...

Wow Sharon! I love the Ninja!
I always wanted a motorcycle. But my family says no. I'm not exactly known for my motor skills.;)
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