One of the things that I am extremely appreciative towards the military, is the ability to meet so many people. Creating friendships that have withstood both the test of time and distance. Though in writing they unfortunately have become my unknown victims.
With the diverse personalities that I need to pull to create my cast. Having a pallet of people with diverse backgrounds, cultures and beliefs proves essential to create the stories. Character interactions or sometimes even humor was drawn out from things in my past. The part that I loved though, was how different everyone is. 'Not everyone thinks alike' was something that was said to me often before joining. Throughout my experiences, I realized how essential this is in teamwork.
Creating my team in my book, there was no way I could have my main characters be too similar. Without the challenging one another they would never grow or deepen their friendship. The diverse experiences from their pasts allowed characters to contribute what I needed them to. By each of them having their own area of expertise, a mass amount of skills was gained making each friend irreplaceable.
Every person that I've met, is completely unique with their own strengths and weaknesses. Several of them helped bring me to where I am today. Whether for good or bad they challenged me and for that I will always be grateful.