I was asked by the Coffee Time Authors Dish, how much of your real life bleeds over into your books? And do you worry that someone will be able to tell the fact from the fiction?
Does my real life bleed over into my books and my writing?
I tend to write a lot of what I know into my stories. When I’m going through something, it tends to pop up in my books. When we did some renovations, I wrote a story involving a home remodeler. Mowing the lawn, one of my techniques for working through plot points without staring at the computer, has factored into a book. My animals have made cameos in my books and I wrote the Stray Cats books about black cats, because I had a black cat – which we own and love – wander in right before Halloween. I’ve had characters with blue hair featured in my books and many runners. I don’t personally run, but I’ve been at enough cross country events and know how it feels to be a parent in those situations that running and training has bled into my books. I don’t mind that piece of my personal life are there. It makes the stories more relatable.
I don’t know that I worry about my readers being able to tell fact from fiction. I’m in a business where fiction is our lifeblood. We’re expected to have some craziness that goes into our stories and some that’s not so crazy. I’ve learned the craziest things that you’d think aren’t true, tend to be so.
I’ve never written about myself in a book, but I have to admit writing about Wendy in my Peter Pan story was a little odd.
I’ve had people who have met me ask if I know vampires or if I’m trying to push personal beliefs in my work. I’ve had to tell them no on both accounts. I’ve had some strange looks and odd questions, like the vampire one or if I’m actively engaged in BDSM, but I take it with a grain of salt. People will form their own opinions on things. I’m a public figure and my actions and writing is under examination. Having a bit of my personal life isn’t bad, but I don’t get super personal either. There have to be some secrets. Grin.