Are the characters in your novel, “The Velvet Curtain” people you have actually known? This is a question I get asked fairly frequently and I suppose,like many writers, I would have to answer “Yes” and “No.” The two sisters, Esther and Gabby were originally based on two Romanian girls I had come to know pretty well, but as “The Velvet Curtain” progressed, Esther became less and less like the original girl I had in mind. Gabby, on the other hand, stayed pretty true to form although she did a great many things that the real “Gabby” (that was not her name, of course) never did. But in character, the fictional and the real greatly resembled one another.

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