How I drew on my personal experience in creating my characters.

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I would have never come up with the story or characters if I hadn’t been through the wringer of the Texas criminal justice system.  Both the prosecutor and my so-called defense attorney are portrayed in the book.  And living in the South, in Texas, has exposed me to many religious fundamentalists, who I’ve debated with and who I based the character of Gloria on.  And in prison there are plenty of “gangsters” to get material from, for Santos’s character.  And there are, unfortunately, too many people like Dani out there, who I’ve known.   But the main character, Trip, is wholly based on myself; we’re essentially the same person; that’s even my nickname in here.  So his point of view, of course, came easily.