The character of Spencer Edwards is "beautiful danger", inspired by those women -- and we all know at least one -- who are dangerous, deceitful and selfish. Spencer's treachery is reactionary, a detrimental defense mechanism... But, the treachery displayed by these women is often reactionary, a detrimental defense mechanism against the insecurity and low self-esteem they are desperate to hide, and the low socio-economic status that they are ashamed of, making them feel as though their bad choices are justified.
The character of Sione "John" Tuiali'i is a sort of melting pot of different guys. Mainly he is a witches brew of the Polynesian men I "discovered" while engaged in a wild obsession with New Zealand rugby many moons ago (and by "many moons", I mean circa-2007). Sione tries to do the right thing, but his aggression gets the best of him... Specifically, various elements of his personality are loosely based on a real rugby player who always tried to do the right thing, but often let his aggression get the best of him.
The character of Ben Chang is a combination of two guys I met while traveling through the Caribbean, on separate occasions. These chance meetings are separated by almost ten years, but both men made an immediate, indelible impression. Ben may fall in love, but he won't fall very far... One of these guys was very enterprising and all about industry and commerce, yet he could be frustratingly laissez-faire. The other guy was very aggressive, with too much testosterone, very sly and cunning, and yet oblivious to the fact that his nefarious motives were transparent. Both were exciting and appealing. Nevertheless, I always had the feeling that if they ever fell in love, they wouldn't fall very far.