This week: How a writer’s life influences characters…
How much of yourself do you write into your characters? Or do you write characters completely opposite to you? My heroines have some of my faults and attributes, plus characteristics I wish I could claim. In some ways, writing is a way to live a dual life.
Has your writing helped you see events in your own life clearer? I actually believe my introspective nature led me to write. Writing is enjoyable but can also be a purging; a means of controlling a world when mine sometimes feels out of control.
Have you written a character with more of your personal characteristics than any other? What are they? Not with intent, but my character Jo is close to me in a lot of ways. She’s socially insecure, but wears a hard edge to cover. She’s no nonsense and commands undying loyalty. Both of us have been sorely disappointed in that area. I wrote her with thoughts as to what I might have achieved if I’d ventured from my suburban world.
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