I love to write dialog!
There is nothing more fun for me as a fiction author than setting up two characters in a conversation. The words just flow. I’ve read about how authors really struggle with getting dialog to sound right and, I suppose that would be a problem for me if I was trying to write period fiction or stuff that’s set in a mystical world but I’m not trying to do either of those things so creating realistic dialog isn’t a problem.
I have a secret to tell; my two usual protagonists are modeled on two people who are very near and dear to me – including myself – and some of my other characters are modeled after others in my life. I write each of them as the people they resemble in some way – however slight – talk. These characters are not those people mind you, but they sound like them.
Okay, I admit, Dana is the taller, younger, skinnier version of me – if I were a bad ass customs agent who was very good at my job but insecure otherwise. If she says something it’s because it’s something I would say. Mel is my spouse if she were a county sheriff – which she well could have been if she’d have stuck with police work in her past but, I digress. Stuff Mel says, aside from the police procedural stuff, is all my wife all the time. It’s funny to me that she doesn’t recognize herself when she reads it…
Hang on for the ride because you’re going to get a lot more crackling dialog from both of those two in book 2!