FAQ's About TTTB
Q. Is it true?
A. "Yes" and "no." As they say on TV, "Names and places have been changed to protect the innocent..."
or not so innocent.
Q. So, why is it considered fiction?
A. Because as every author knows, once you get a story idea, you keep building on it as you go along,
or as they say in the Poker (and writing) world, "raising the stakes." The stakes for some for the characters were raised
very high. Some of their endings were not as happy as they were in the book and some not as bad. But the core of their
dilemmas were nevertheless real and life-changing.
Q. With so many, which character was your favorite to write and why?
(Bread) because I had to totally go outside of myself to write him. He was a challenge, and I like challenges.
Q. Which character was your least favorite to write and why?
A. Probably Elise and Trisha. I know quite a few women like them, so it wasn't much of a stretch.
Q. Was it hard to keep up with so many different characters?
A. No. I love to read and watch ensemble casts. So, writing one was fun.
Q. How did you maintain a different "voice" for each character?
A. I tried not to write for more than two of them on one day but even when I did, it really wasn't that
hard. I think all writers are a little "wacky," and we always have voices and characters running around in our heads, so I
just had to get them down on paper. Also, each character likes a different genre of music, like Bread and Troy like go-go, Elise likes jazz, Roland likes old school R&B, etc., so I usually listen
to music from whatever genre the character prefers when I'm writing.
Q. Are you one of the characters?
A. That's for me to know and you to wonder about (smile).
Q. Where are the real-life people now?
A. Living their lives in the decisions they've made.
Q. Will we see any of these characters again?
A. They may make cameos in future books but, of course, they will truly be just fictional characters at
that point. No more real life-inspired storylines. There will always be a link of past characters to new ones, even if it's
a distant connection.