There’s a lot to learn when you write a book; even more to learn when you publish it. Not all of the learning is fun, but it’s never boring.
One of the more interesting things I learned was how much of myself I inadvertently reveal in my writing. It seems I’ve written more than one quirk of my own into my characters. Friends who know me well, point them out: The giant mug of tea, the out-of-control hair, the boring clothing choices and the main character’s propensity to get lost are just a few. It seems I’ve taken the adage, “write what you know” to heart.
Now that I know I do that, and since I’ve already mined my own foibles, I’ll move on to more fertile ground. So in future, if you find yourself reading a book of mine and a character description is a little too close to home, you can raise an eyebrow and say, wait a minute, “I resemble that remark.”
I will, of course, deny it.
Has this happened to you?