|Sony: Character in Whispering to Horses.|
When I write Amish fiction, I create characters that remind me of real people that I've had the pleasure of knowing. As my story progresses, I add personality traits borrowed from other acquaintances. Suddenly, a character begins to emerge with a personality completely unique and separate from anybody I've ever known.
Many authors experience this strange sensation, of having created characters seem to take on a life of their own.
I guess it makes sense? We spend so much time trying to make characters seem real that we end up believing it ourselves.
Afterall, if we don't, why would our readers?
|Eli and his horses.|
Please be assured, my novels are from my imagination and none of these characters, or names, are people you know. Yet, they all have characteristics of someone you might know.
One evening, I received a phone call from an older Mennonite fellow. He had read Under the Heavens and wanted to me tell him who the real-life people were. I struggled to convince him that they didn't exist in our community, or anywhere else.
|Lenny and Leah, Amish Horses Series.|
|Lenny and Noey talk horses.|
Sometimes, Amish folks word things in such a way that sound odd to English people. This might make people chuckle. Keep in mind, what you say may seem odd to them.
|A sweet moment: (I'm not telling what story this is from.) I drew this while looking at a photograph of a real-life Amish couple, the moment he proposed. They are friends of mine.|
|Fanny Ella and her beloved pony.|
|Jonas speaks, and a little Amish girl listens intently. Amish Park.|