Wow, I really appreciate the encouragement. Yes, the characters are drawn from life. I’m fortunate to have surrounded myself with interesting people when I was young. But I must hasten to add that the story is purely a creation of my imagination. Most of the people I based my characters on are no longer with us. They’d be purely appalled to see the situations I’ve stuck them in.
I can only hope they’d see the love shining through my descriptions.