Where do characters hatch from? Like most of my ideas and concepts in the fiction I write my characters come from a wide variety of sources. Some are simply built to order for the situation. For instance I need a military commander for a base in Alaska. The real bases in Alaska have a handy list of their commanding officers posted online. So I spent a few hours perusing those pages and came away with an amalgamation of the ranks, faces, and described personalities that fit the story I was writing. Some are born of partial memories of real people with added traits to make them memorable. One, not in "Dying Embers", was a revenge of sorts. There was one person who was in a position of rule making, rules that affected me, who made my life particularly unpleasant for a few weeks. Nothing huge but enough to inspire me to write a caricature of this person into a story.
Betty Adams is an up and coming author with a bent for science and Sci-fi.