Q: Whence do you draw inspiration for your characters?

A: To be honest, most of my stories begin with a plot and then the characters just show up. I guess I have a vast collection of characters to choose from. Having taught high school for thirty-four years, I’ve worked with thousands of students, parents, and coworkers. Additionally, I have avidly read and watched movies and television most of my life. There are all sorts of people in my mind trying to push their way into my stories.


James Rumpel’s story “Madam Savva’s Magical Emporium
in Metaphorosis Friday, 6 November 2020.
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