This is a popular quote among authors and there seems to be a grand tradition of putting people in a book as ‘revenge’. Yet there are times where someone is put into a book as an honor. I tend to lean toward the latter because something about immortalizing someone I don’t like rubs me the wrong way. Being put into Windemere is special as far as I’m concerned because it’s allowing someone into my world. This doesn’t happen often, but I have some instances:
- The Champions and some allies– Given that several heroes are from the other players in the game, they are in there. This includes Nimby, Fritz, Aedyn, Fizzle, Nyx, Sari, Delvin, Timoran, and anyone played by the DM. Rather explanatory.
- Queen Ionia– This character was originally Queen Tempest, but I had too many ‘T’ characters. I needed a new name and went with one of my closet friends. It was actually a coincidence that both had something to do with squirrels.
- Mayor Pam Learim & John Aneveom– These two minor characters appear in Curse of the Dark Wind and are named after two fellow bloggers: Pamela Beckford and John W. Howell. This was done after my first Twubs chat in 2013 and they were the only two who showed up for it. I was writing the book at the time and figured it would be a good thank you. I did run it by them, but I’m not sure they remember.
- Future– Just to avoid spoilers, I do have at least two more that are coming. One is a thank you for helping with ideas for Nevra Coil in Book 8. Another is a minor character in Book 9, which will show what happens if you bug me for too long about getting a character named after you.
I will admit that there are others I want to name characters after, but I haven’t find the right part for them. It’s a delicate area for me because I don’t know how some people will take to certain characters. Not every role is flattering and I have a habit of putting even minor ones through the wringer. Thankfully I have plenty of series to work people into as time moves on.
I don’t know what else to think about on this topic, but I am curious to hear what people think of this. Do you put people you know in your books? Are you a vengeful author?