Yes, they were real -- so very real. So many readers of Honeysuckle Holiday have asked, "Were Aunt Dodo and Uncle Herman real?" They were real & awesome & doting & intriguing -- and I wanted to be just like them. I wanted the kind of marriage they had. I wanted to live in their house on Cologne Ave. (divine street name, isn't it?!) in St. Louis, and I wanted that beaded Indian handbag she carried on her arm, too! I love their sweet smiles. And I love Uncle Herman's spectacles. And I love that they made their way into the pages of my debut YA-novel, Honeysuckle Holiday. And I truly love that readers of Honeysuckle Holiday fell in love with them, just like I did!