Martha Samsell
Martha Samsell asked Kristin Hannah:

I would like to know how you develop your characters, are they inspired from people you know or do you totally make up your characters?

Kristin Hannah Hi Martha---My characters begin as stick people, really, almost stereotypes. A little bit of me, a little bit of someone I know, maybe some horoscope traits thrown in, a way of looking at the world--and then through the writing, draft after draft, I hone and clarify and discover who they are at the core, who they need to be to make the story really sing, and then I edit again to make them feel truly real and human. Thanks!
Kristin Hannah
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