Finally I come to the Raingolds! I don't see why I always seem to pick last names for my main characters that come so far down in the alphabet. The Raingolds were a family I made up based on my own family except with extra kids, namely two little brothers. I made up random stuff about them for a while, but I really wanted a story to put them in. However, I couldn't come up with a good one. Then I had the dream which inspired what I then called Stand Fast, and decided to put them in it. It was a perfect fit, though the finished story is considerably different.
Raingold is the oldest, and somewhat based on me. She does tend to be
somewhat bossy, and likes little kids. The muffin batter she mentions
dumping on the inside of the oven is a true story. And I also found a
beetle's exoskeleton inside of the frog I dissected for biology. Audrey
is a lot braver than me, though. She is responsible, but she doesn't
really want to be in charge. I suppose this is somewhat like me. I am
capable of leading if I absolutely have to, but I hate doing it.
Honestly, I think Audrey handled the whole situation better than I would
Ginnie was inspired by my sister
Rebekah, but I think Ginnie came out even quieter than my sister.
Ginnie is mostly just there, to support the others without obtruding
into the story. Her relationship with Carrie Pauley as piggyback ride
giver is taken from real life. "Carrie" did always get Rebekah to give
her piggyback rides, and she did tell Bekah to jump over things, saying,
"I won't fall off. I promise."
I'm not sure where
to start with Abby. She is based on my sister Addyson, as my family was
quickly able to see. I remember when my dad was reading it for the first
time, my mom asked him, "Have you met your daughter yet?" Yes, Addy
does talk a lot about the Constitution, and in an intelligent way. She
knows it. She knows politics, too. Though Abby doesn't do this in the
book, Addyson has gone into very detailed descriptions of why property
and income taxes are wrong. Abby is rather argumentative, but she knows
what she is talking about. She is a tomboy, and an entertaining
character. Abby and Ian are the life of the story, which leads me to
Ian is not based on anyone in
particular. However, his name is. His name is Indiana, which is because
of Indiana Jones, though that is not the story explanation. I originally
called him Indy, though I decided before I wrote it that I would call
him Ian. He is, shall we say, spirited. In a less delicate way of
speaking, he is a pain. He is very active and, well, he is a little boy.
He is only seven, and doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut. He also
is argumentative, and gets into good natured fights with Abby. It
doesn't take much for the two of them to get obnoxious together. As a
character, I like him, though I'm not sure I would want him to be my
Then there's Collin.
He's two, and, apparently, not much of a talker. He gets carried around a
lot by the older children, but he doesn't really do much. I'm pretty
sure he's a cute little thing, though. At any rate, the little boy who
played him in the book trailer is.
And that's the Raingolds.