I don't consciously write people I know into stories. There are traits and facets, most likely subconscious, borne of the fact that I think writers are like velcro and they pick up things from life along the way.....
But I wanted to somehow work the Holmesian trope of the Baker Street Irregulars into the Herringford and Watts series.
|A picture of the Irregulars from the Sherlock Holmes museum site (Kat and Karin are older and don't look as rickety)|
Holmes has the trusty Irregulars led by Wiggins who run about and collect intel for a shilling and Sherlock, in the BBC, has his homeless street network. I wanted Merinda, my Sherlockian counterpart) to be able to call on a few people. She often uses their friend Ray DeLuca, journalist and Jem's love interest, but I wanted people who could go a little deeper.
I then immediately thought of two things: a.) how great the addition of a few riff-raffed teenagers would be b.) how two of my best ( and smartest ) friends Kat and Karin could basically run their own undercover network.
So, for the first time ever I wrote two of my friends ( de-aging them by a decade and a little bit ) into a story. Kat being, well, my Kat--- a highly intelligent and incorrigible brand of dangerous street kid who won't let anyone get away with anything ( she has a temper) and Karin, known as Mouse, who wears her second-or-third-hand bowler tipped strangely on her short head and bounds about where she shouldn't bound about.
Once I wrote them into the plot for A Singularly Whimsical Problem, I knew that I wanted to bring them back.... so the Herringford and Watts series has a few new recurring members: Kat and Mouse completely stolen from my friends
interesting tidbit: though they had known each other for years and years Kat and Karin actually discovered that they were related a few years back! here they are at a favourite breakfast spot, Fran's, looking at a family tree book and mapping out their cousin-hood.