As do many writers, I have fun inventing characters who are not exactly like me so I can occupy them for a while and see what it is like to be in their shoes. This way I get to be: black, Asian, male, bi, lesbian, a cat, an owl, snow, rain, a hill, a salad, a restaurant, a tree, a street, a bridge, a star..
I also invent a few characters who are a lot like me. These are the biographical ones. I like maintaining a balance between/among the biographical characters and the differentiated characters.
FatLand II: The Early Days is technically supposed to come out on October 1, but my publisher, Pearlsong Press and Peggy Elam, its owner, may move up the date to mid-September.
I would like to be: a cat, a leaf, a cardinal (bird), a swan, a tiger, a meteor, a dangerous snake, a bolt of lightning, a rose, a train, a song.