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No, Kat Vespucci is a fictional character. I did live in Berlin and Taipei, which is where I got the idea for the series, but my actual experiences were not nearly as silly, ridiculous, and entertaining as Kat's.
My biggest literary influence is the late, the great, former Penn State professor, Joseph Heller. His novel, Catch-22, is the most fantastic (some have called it spastic) masterpiece of literary and logical gymnastics that I have ever read. I have read it more times than any one person should ever read any one book in any one lifetime. It amazes me how he bends and twists the English language and traditional thought patterns to hilarious effect, a technique I have tried to emulate in my own writing. I will keep reading Catch-22 over and over again until his style becomes second nature to me.
Other favorite writers of mine include Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, Kurt Vonnegut, Dave Barry, German author Thomas Brussig, and I would be lying if I said that I hadn't been more than a little inspired by Matt Damon's writing of Good Will Hunting. Or maybe it's just because he's hot. Tough to say.
Yes, Kat Vespucci is a series. I've already released Kat Vespucci Takes Taiwan on Kindle and I am several chapters into writing the third Kat novel, which takes place in Beijing, China.