See that upside down girl? Well, she's mine. And she is truly an inspiration. She, who is terrified of heights, jumped out of an airplane today as part of Operation Freefall, a fundraiser for the organization Speaking Out Against Rape. Two of her friends, Michael and Jessica, jumped right along with her to show their support. (We should all have friends like that!)
We writers are often asked where we find our inspiration, if we pattern our characters after people we know, and where we come up with our ideas. Thanks to my daughter, her friends, and so many other people, I find inspiration everywhere. If I choose not to focus on the positive, I can find other characters and behavior about which to write, too... Life is, after all, made up of endless perspectives, good, and evil.
FYI, Laurie was the second fundraiser nationwide and I couldn't be prouder of her - not only for helping others but for so courageously sharing her story, as so few rape victims do.