“Write what you know”, the experts say. “Take something from real life and make it part of your story,” the experts say. My mother was born a McConaghy. Jill is her family nickname. Therefore, I named my main female character Jillian McConaghy. So, I asked my real-life cousin if I could use her name and business as well in my second book titled “Entangled”. She laughed, but agreed.
On page 290, I wrote:
“Can you spend time with me this weekend? We’ll hang out as if we’re just buddies.”
“I can’t, Graham. I’m going to Colorado this weekend.”
“My cousin Marnie McConaghy and her daughter Jenn Jankowski opened a spa in Denver called Skin in the City. I promised Marnie I would be there for the grand opening.”
Below is the one-year anniversary writeup about her real-life spa. Congratulations, Marnie and Jenn.