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8. Did you have a best friend like Ronnie?  Is Ronnie based on someone you are/were best friends with?

         No.  Ronnie was, on one hand, more perceptive and talented, and on the other, more prone toward the sillies and vulnerable, than any single individual I knew.

         To develop characters, I just looked around my teen world for motivational possibilities. Some friends were risk takers, prone to action, ready to go, impulsive.  Others were thinkers, sensitive to their own feelings and the feelings of others, but slow to act.  Some people, when frustrated, became defensive and aggressive; others, sensible and determined.  My characters were an amalgam of these and other personality traits.