This is the guy I see in my head when I imagine the cast and crew of the “Blood Soaked” books.
if Bajali and Jayashi Sharma from my “Blood Soaked” books are based on real people. I thought I’d take this on as a blog post.
No, they’re not. In fact, those two characters are the LEAST based on real people of any in the series. That being said, there is ONE thing about Jayashri that is based on a real person: how she moves.
I have an ex-girlfriend who, to this day, has the most graceful walk I’ve ever seen. Truly, if you put her in a kimono with heavy white makeup, she could give traditionally trained Geisha a run for their money. Memories of her inspired how I felt Jayashri should carry herself.
Frank is a slightly crazier, better-looking, more bad ass, younger, version of me. I won’t lie.
Charlie is NOTHING like my wife. Charlotte Marie Cooper is an amalgam of four women I know.
Shawn Cooper is a combo platter of people I knew growing up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, by way of North Carolina (where my mom grew up).
Chunhua Yan is mostly imaginary. There are qualities about her—practicality, lethality, mysterious past—that came from a few people I’ve known in my life.
Tracy, introduced in “Long-Haired Zombie Killing Freak” and brought back in “Blood Soaked and Gone” IS a real person. She’s a fan of mine who won a contest to be written into LHZKF. I happened to need her again in BSAG, and she didn’t mind. She is NOT nanotechnologically enhanced in real life.
Scott, the bladesmith from “Blood Soaked and Invaded,” is based on a real person: Kirby Van De Griek. Kirby was like a brother to me, and I miss him every time I pick up a hammer. I think I’ve got a post about him somewhere around here.
There you go! The rundown on who is who and what is what.
My first ever book signing was yesterday, and I had a wonderful time. It was informal, and I invited friends, rather than throwing it open to the community at large. That being said, we pretty much involved everyone that showed up at 29th Parallel Coffee and Tea, which was pretty cool.
I did a drawing for signed copies of Blood Soaked and Contagious and Blood Soaked and Invaded, and a random customer won. I still feel the need to apologize to her, because she and her husband are traditionally Muslim (she was wearing abayat and niqab), and my books are… racy in some parts.
So, to my new reader, thank you for accepting my work in good will. I hope that you will enjoy them, and ignore the parts that you may find unseemly. How marvelous it is that People of the Book can meet in this way!
Here are a few photos from the event.
Thank you to everyone who showed up, and those that weren’t able to. Your friendship and support means more to me than I can say.
I’m already thinking about the next event.