. . . or are they?
As I write, I try not to pattern my characters after anyone I know. This helps me avoid nasty lawsuits later on (I hope.) I do find, though, that after the book is published or is well underway, that a character bears a strong resemblance to someone else.
*In "Strength to Endure," when Claude and Liesl are taking walks together, this is a memory I had of my husband taking my baby daughter for walks.
*Emilie in "Strength to Endure" is the spitting image of Nina Shelton, a dear friend of mine who owned the floral shop where I worked just before I got married. She later passed away, but I feel somehow connected to her through the character of Emilie.
*In my WIP, the character of Nora matches the physical description of Candace Salima, LDS author and good friend of mine.
*In "Nothing to Regret," Colonel Beaumont is based on General Waverly from the movie "White Christmas."
I didn't do any of this intentionally. In fact, it wasn't until watching "White Christmas" during the holiday season after "Nothing to Regret" came out that I made that connection. But sometimes, we'll have a picture in our heads of what a certain character should look like, and we can't help it if that picture just happens to look like someone we already know, now, can we?
As a side note: When Dieter Uchtdorf was called to be a General Authority, I took one look at him and said, "That's what Kurt would have looked like, if he had survived."