I ran a poll on my Instagram story as to whether readers like to see the pictures or portraits which inspired characters or whether they instead like to imagine characters for themselves. As of writing this post, the post is at 70% for seeing the pictures and 30% for imagining.
I have had experiences in which it was super fun to see the author’s inspirations. I’ve also had experiences in which the author’s imagination and mine were so different that I was a little thrown off! So my Instagram friend Tammi suggested that I post the pictures I used for my characters on my blog so that people who don’t want to see them don’t have to. I thought that was a great idea.
So just be forewarned… Pictures will follow for my character inspirations. You can quit reading now if you want to, and I won’t be offended. 😉
One more a caveat: these pictures are really sketchy. It’s been so long since I first saved them that I have no idea where they came from or who the people are. One was pulled from an ad for a legal research site. LOL! So I credit the pictures to their owners, whoever they may be!
Okay, without further ado, here are my inspirations…
Where are the modern people, you might ask? I actually left Adrian entirely to my imagination and didn’t base his appearance off of a picture. Adeline was kind of the same way. I also left most all of the side characters to my imagination, too.
Occasionally, though, I will see someone, either on TV or in real life who reminds me of a character, and that’s always fun. There was a contestant from Season 2 of the Great American Baking Show of whom I remember thinking, “Oh, hey, she looks a lot like Adeline!” Her name was Amanda Faber. I remember that she was a great baker! LOL!
If you are a writer, do you ever meet your characters in real life, either in appearance or personality? If you are a reader, have you ever imagined someone totally differently from the author? Do any of the pictures above represent my characters as you imagined? I’d love to hear from you!