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- How much of you is in your main character?
- Is your story autobiographical?
- Did you ever do that?
- How personal are those love scenes?
- Do you really want to kill off your spouse/mother/brother/sister/friend/...
Writers often face these questions - beginning writers more so. A lot of people assume that our first books are about us. I don't know about any other writers, but I'm WAY too boring to be the main character of any story!
My main characters are NOT based on me, their experiences are their own and no, I've never done THAT!
However I do think many writers appear in their stories. Not as characters, but as a tone, an attitude, a belief system or even a moral code.
- If you're a goofball in real life, your stories are probably full of fun twists and turns no matter the genre.
- If you think deep thoughts and wonder about the serious 'what ifs' in our world, your stories will likely have a darker tone and explore those questions
- If you're an optimist with a soft & gooey centre, you'll probably have Happy Ever Afters or Happy For Nows for all your books (romance or not!)
- If you like to challenge the status quo and make people think, your stories are likely to have more questions than answers with endings that stay with the reader long after the story is done
So for me it's not the characters, but the underlying message that gives me insights into the author.
What do you think? How much of you shows up in your stories?
Do you have another 'If... then...' to add?
Jemi Fraser is an aspiring author of contemporary romance with one of those gooey centres. She blogs and tweets while searching for those HEAs.