OSC Answers Questions
Did you insert any of your own life experiences or any friends or family
members of yours into your stories? Can you "relate" to any character in any of
your Ender-based novels, and if so which?
-- Submitted Anonymously
OSC REPLIES: - July 19, 2004
I relate to all the characters in all my books. How else could I create
them, if I didn't "get inside" them and try to understand why they do the things
My novel Lost Boys is based extensively on my own family. Other than that, I
have not based any characters in any of my books on real people (except where it's
obvious, as with historical figures who show up in the Alvin Maker books).
However, in creating the novel version of Ender's Game I made superficial use of
the relationship between me and my older brother and sister in creating the
triangle of Peter, Valentine, and Ender. But the characters themselves are not at all
based on me or my siblings.