Well, the simple answer to the above question is: Yes, the character Barbara Dodd is based on my mom.
Does she mind? If you've read Big Trouble in Little Italy and Simply Protocol, then you have a pretty good understanding of "Barbara Dodd" and know my mom LOVES the comical tribute.
But friends, oh do I have a great story for you.
Let me set the stage.
1. I'm lucky enough that my mom is my biggest fan, but she is a spirited woman who is very, VERY proud of her kids.
2. My mother has NEVER met a stranger.
3. Now that I have a few books out in the world, it seems that I also have unsupervised, uncontrollable, PR in southern California. (But at least it's free.)
Here is my mom's latest promotional interaction: