A few of YA Highway's Road Trip Wednesdays have asked what kinds of things inspire your writing. I've done a few of those for setting, but not for characters yet. So here's a picture of one of the characters from Crow's Rest:
This is how I picture the character of Bobbin, a Corgi mix. Bobbin has some pretty crucial parts in the book, so it was worth nailing down the details of his appearance and personality. This is actually a dog that was up for adoption earlier this year at The Grace Foundation, one of our local rescue groups. His real name was Sinatra, and this photo captured his look of intelligence, determination, and bounciness so well. Doesn't he look like a dog that could be described as "all wiggles and yelps" like Bobbin?
I'm not going to put any pictures up of how I picture the human characters from Crow's Rest; I really like to give clues but let the reader picture them for themselves. But this dog picture was too cute to keep to myself! What about you--do you "cast" minor characters as well as the main ones in your books?