The Pooles, Pauleys, and Pardens are friends of the Raingolds. They are inspired by friends of mine, some of whom even starred in the book trailer for The Experiment.
The Pooles are
Elisabeth, Mike, Maddy, and Elliot. The Pauleys are Bethy, Grace, Suzy,
and Carrie. The Pardens are Annelise and David. The Experiment
is dedicated to those who inspired these characters. For some of the
characters, I used the middle name, or a variation thereof, for the name
of the character. For a few I chose a different name, Elliot and David
in particular. Those were just random names chosen because I didn't want
to call a character by the middle name of the person they were inspired
by. "David" found himself and his sister in the book when he was
reading it, and his question was, "Why didn't you give me a little
brother?" After explaining that I didn't need any more characters, he
told me that next book I put him in, I had to give him a little brother.
I wasn't planning on putting him in another book, but I'll have to keep
that in mind if I do.
didn't all come out exactly like the person they were inspired by, but
they suit the story. Since the Raingolds are based on my family (with
two little brothers), I can't help but think of The Experiment
as being a story about me and my sisters and friends, though in the
story we are all the ages we were three years ago. It has served to make
the story mean more to me, imagining us in those circumstances.