Friday, November 26, 2010

When Real Life and WIP Collide

On Wednesday I was sitting in Borders, trying to kill time until I could get back into my house*, when a couple walked in, and I couldn't stop staring at them.

I couldn't stop staring because they looked exactly like the couple in my WIP! Brandon and Chelsea, right there in Borders!

The guy was tall and lanky with floppy blonde hair, a white t-shirt, and flip flops, and the girl was tiny and Asian with an adorable outfit and perfect hair. They weren't a perfect match to my characters - the guy didn't have glasses and the girl obviously wasn't Korean. But they were close enough...and they were there in the flesh.

I was very excited.

Thanks to the encouragement of Twitter, I turned off the shutter noise on my phone camera and snapped a quick picture of them.

Aren't they so adorable?

It's not the best picture, but I do think it captures their cuteness.

They eventually moved tables...probably to avoid my creepy staring. I'm not very subtle when I find something I want to look at.

Have you ever seen your characters out walking around? Were you a stalker like me who took a picture?

* My place was being fumigated for termites this week, so I was in a hotel for a couple of days. Then when I could get back in, they were doing construction outside, so there was so much banging I had to go into hiding at Borders. I can't handle the banging. 


  1. Oh man, I've done this before. I saw my Mattie at one of my brother's football games.

    And it was doubly weird, because she was younger than she is in the novel. But it was MATTIE. I tried to take several pictures with my phone, but my phone doesn't have the fanciest camera, so I failed.

    Isn't it exciting, though?

  2. Oh, that's so cool! I would have completely flipped out.

    I once saw an older version of one of my characters--it was beyond awkward, because we were at a spa, and I'm sure he wondered what a girl 20 years his junior was doing staring at him in his swimming trunks. He started to look back and I had to run. The truth seemed like it would only make things worse!

  3. (I totally was with Amie when she saw her character, I REMEMBER THAT.)

    I've never seen one of my characters, but I did once see on a train my friend Sarah's character, who is a kickass blonde assassin. The girl I saw was not only blonde and gorgeous and with the exact right color eyes, but she also had this "You know I could kick your ass" look that was absolutely fantastic. I tried to take a picture but was way too obvious about it, and she left the train car. >_>