Tina Wainscott

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you ever put real people in your books?

Sometimes.  It’s a neat way to honor my friends and family.  There have been times where a friend has just “popped” into a story.  I see a character as that person.  I love when that happens.  Other times, I fit them in.  They’re almost always minor characters, since I have to get so intimate with my main characters.  It would feel a bit weird to “see” that character as a friend. I mean, come on, I see them naked!  And doing, er, adult things.  I really don’t want to picture my good friends doing those things.

I do use their traits or sayings at times.  As for putting in a cameo appearance, I always ask their permission.  (I’ve only had one person say no, though I’m not sure why.) The difficult part is capturing them.  As well as I know them, it’s very hard to capture that person and his/her quirks.  So usually the character is a composite of them, not a duplicate.