About a month ago, I uploaded a short story entitled The Things We Do. The story features a flabby pet toad named Kronos, who is unwittingly in danger of being microwaved into oblivion by the jealous neighbor boy, Patrick. Although my short story is obviously a work of fiction, there is still some truth to it. I actually own a toad named Kronos. We did in fact rescue him from a window well. He is flabby and utterly useless, but I adore him nontheless.
So here’s my question for the day: how often do you base fictional characters on real people? With Kronos as the exception, I rarely create carbon copies of real people (or animals) in my writing. Instead, my characters are often compilations of several real-life acquaintances. Do you ever base characters off of people from movies? Television? Books? What is your secret?