Gracie has fine hair that waves and curls in feathery wisps. She has splotchy brown freckles on her nose, and big brown eyes. She's feminine, and had a dress from France that she literally lived in the year she was four. She has written dozens of stories. She is dreamy, preoccupied and doesn't usually answer a question directly. She never walks, she dances. She is a pill. She is precocious. She is selfish, not in a mean way, but in honestly thoughtless one. She has annoyingly bad timing. She is very winning and charming and clever. She'll get her way before you realize what she wanted. She conquers strangers' hearts and makes her family roll their eyes. She's one of those kids that you just know is special. She's Gracie.
I'm not sure the exact reason why, but she is the inspiration for the main character of my work in progress. I'm trying to make Sandrine as adorable and annoying as my sister. But Gracie lives 5,000 miles away, so I have to skype her to work on ideas, or just get a feel for her. (If she's reading this, I love you, baby sister!)
Who is your inspiration? For a specific character or for your writing/life in general?