The characters around me
The characters for Meeting Me were inspired by real people in my life.
First there's Mup, my sister. She was named Arianna but no one calls her that. Even now, as a student-athlete at Dartmouth College, she's listed on the track roster as "Muppy Gragg." As kids we spent a lot of our time in the canyon behind our house often getting quite muddy on our adventures.
Then there is my dad. Like the dad in my book, he's a big plant nerd with a larger than life personality. He's dedicated his life to plants. He even patented one and named it after me - it's an agave called "Raea's Gold."