It's the 1st Wednesday. Happy Insecure Writers Support Group Day. IWSG is the brainchild Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Thanks, Alex, for starting this group and keeping it going. And thanks to this month's awesome hosts: Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!
This has been a productive month. I don't feel very insecure so this month's question provides my topic.
Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?
Sure. In my first published science fiction romance, Switched, Jessie (the main character) compares the stiff-backed hero to her teacher, Mr. Nutt. That was my second grade teacher's name. Actually, he taught kindergarten to eighth grade, in a one-room school. I don't recall what he looked like. But I do remember him being very stern. When some of the eighth graders were sixteen or older, he had to be strict.
In my PI mystery series, Alex O'Hara often repeats some of my opinions. In The Case of the Meddling Mama, Nick's (Alex's main squeeze) mother returns from Arizona without his father and moves in with Alex. Mama's reason (besides her husband ignoring her)? Everything out there is brown. No green. She wants four seasons. She misses her flowers and grass. For that character, I used my initial reaction to Arizona plus complaints from women I know whose husbands have retired.
I hope you've had a great month and that October is even better.
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