I’ll introduce you to a new character each week for a while starting with MP, who will be like me because the only way to make my biological father, Mac McGenty, whom I never met, real was to create a character. Kate AKA Marilyn and Sara are based on how I’d guess my two (half) sisters (Mc Genty’s) might be. Peewee is based on a huge kid I met in 4th grade. Barney was the best man in my wedding who died way too young. Heidi on an island girl in the Bahamas. Lottie and Spense I yet hope to meet somewhere.
Here's an excerpt from Back to the Island
"The moniker, Barney, was bestowed on him from a grade school chum calling him "Barnyard" one day at recess. As a kid, his shoelaces were always untied, stains permanently on his shirt, whose tails seemed to just crawl out of his pants. He always looked a little disheveled, thus the name "Barnyard" stuck. Now, considered conservatively handsome, looking the part of a college professor, his short hair and mustache graying, he pretty much had a uniform: golf shirt—plain, nothing fancy—either clean, pressed jeans or khakis. Tonight, it being the tropics: pressed khaki shorts— with a belt—and Mick, in his role as fashion police, giving him shit for his penny loafers with white athletic socks. With Sara's flowered knit top and matching shorts, they looked like a match made in heaven."