When you make characters for your books, do you base them off of real people/friends?
How were the characters of Alice and Grimalkin developed?
No the only characters that might be loosely based on real people are Mam (my Mother) and Tom and John Gregory (they both have a little of me in them). Other wise they just come into my head or out of the story itself. For instance I didn't know Bill Arkwright was going to be like that until I started writing him. I had a very different idea of him when I first conceived of him. I am pretty happy I don't know anyone like Grimalkin, although she would be a good friend to have.