#TheFourFriday – Kaly in Tigris

Every Friday, I’m posting something about how the real life “The Four” overlap with the fictional four Kota Warriors.
As some of you know, The Kota Series is based on what “The Four” (myself, my brother, and our childhood best friends Kaly and Luke) played as kids.  Each of us is represented by one of the four Kota Warriors (Bullseye, Rave, Tigris, Whitewolf).  So, I’ll be sharing personal quirks that carried over into fiction, fun/weird stories we played as kids, our childhood drawings, pictures related to The Four and The Kota, etc.
Should be fun, and it’ll give you an idea of how weird or little minds were as we created this story that, years later, turned into my book series.  🙂


This week, Kaly’s quirks in Tigris.
When we were little and creating our characters, Kaly’s character of Tigris went through several metamorphoses.  At one point I’m pretty sure she could turn into a horse.   In our heaviest X-Men-influenced phase, Tigris basically was a ripoff of Jean Grey, constantly having her powers increase and swooning from telepathic headaches, then going on power-hungry rampages.  Still later, she took on a similar persona to Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar version.   Finally, by the time I got my hands on her for the writing of The Kota Series novels, I found a way to balance everything out into the character Tigris is today.

BUT, some little Kaly quirks are still a part of Tigris (as they should always be), even if only I notice.  Such as:

  • Blond hair, petite frame.
  • Called ‘Sis’ by sibling.
  • The calm voice of reason to the group (at least when we were kids).
  • Loves ice cream. (book 1)
  • Loves horses (book 4)
  • …more that I can’t remember right now.
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I have no idea why I’m making this face at her.

#TheFourFriday – The Picture

Every Friday, I’m posting something about how the real life “The Four” overlap with the fictional four Kota Warriors.
As some of you know, The Kota Series is based on what “The Four” (myself, my brother, and our childhood best friends Kaly and Luke) played as kids.  Each of us is represented by one of the four Kota Warriors (Bullseye, Rave, Tigris, Whitewolf).  So, I’ll be sharing personal quirks that carried over into fiction, fun/weird stories we played as kids, our childhood drawings, pictures related to The Four and The Kota, etc.
Should be fun, and it’ll give you an idea of how weird or little minds were as we created this story that, years later, turned into my book series.  🙂


This week, The Picture.
When my mom first started babysitting Kaly and Luke, of course she took pictures of us sweet little cherubs.  Little did we know, however, that one picture in particular would lead to years of repeating the pose.  Pretty much every time we’ve gotten together over the years (…er, 2 decades?), we take a picture of our aging selves in the same order.

So you’d think I could remember the order, right?  But no.  Pretty much every single time, I confuse our arranged order with how I arrange things in my head for The Kota Warriors – Me/Bullseye, Christian/Rave, Kaly/Tigris, and Luke/Whitewolf.  OR, you’d think mom would have arranged us at least by age.  But again no.  The order actually goes Christian, Luke, Kaly, Me.

We were pretty stinkin’ cute (ignore the kid on my lap…he was a one-time thing).  Sometimes, we take the pose less seriously.  And recently, Kaly has added the next generation into the picture.

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The Four

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#TheFourFriday – the Mark

Here’s a new thing I’m going to start:

Every Friday, I’ll post something about how the real life “The Four” overlap with the fictional four Kota Warriors.
As some of you know, The Kota Series is based on what “The Four” (myself, my brother, and our childhood best friends Kaly and Luke) played as kids.  Each of us is represented by one of the four Kota Warriors (Bullseye, Rave, Tigris, Whitewolf).  So, I’ll be sharing personal quirks that carried over into fiction, fun/weird stories we played as kids, our childhood drawings, pictures related to The Four and The Kota, etc.
Should be fun, and it’ll give you an idea of how weird or little minds were as we created this story that, years later, turned into my book series.  🙂


First up, the Mark.
In the Kota story, each of “us” was born with a Mark on our arm/shoulder that meant we were destined to be the Kota Warriors.  In real life, I think we wanted to get tattoos of the Mark as soon as we came up with this, and when Luke (aka, Whitewolf) turned 18 we finally did it.  And since today happens to be Luke’s 28th birthday, I’m pretty sure that means our tattoos are 10 years old.
So that’s the story behind our matching tattoos.

The Four

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