Recently, I was talking to someone who had read Touch Of Fire, and she gave me this saucy grin and shook her finger at me.
"Wow!" she said. "I had no idea you were like that."
I shook my head and reminded yet another reader: I am NOT my characters. This isn't the first time I've had this conversation.
To be fair, I've done my own share of raising eyebrows when I read work from people I know. A few whom I know VERY well have on occasion decorated their MCs with a little too much personal information.
It's kind of icky.
Not that you shouldn't write what you know, but if friends already know your darker idiosyncrasies and it shows up as your characters' quirks, it makes for uncomfortable dinner table conversation when the subject is your novel.
And I know it's silly of me to say this, but this is the main reason I've never been fond of first person point of view in adult books. I just don't like reading: I did this, I slew that. I made love to a giant centaur who was putting it to my sister too. :shudders:
In the example with the woman reading Touch Of Fire, the reader doesn't even know me, other than in passing. She assumes that since I wrote this novel, I must be this really wild chick.
She obviously has never seen me in my 20 year old pajamas, or the intravenous bags of Coke Zero that are pumped into my veins while I'm writing these scenes.
Yeah, buddy. Greg just gets all excited when he sees me like that. LOL!
So what do you think? Should I be offended that she thinks I'm writing 'me'? Or is it a compliment to my skills as a sexologist?
(Oh, Lord. I wonder how many Google hits I'll get for using the word, sexologist.)
Writers: Do readers sometimes mistake you for your characters?
Readers: Do you ever wonder if the author is writing from intimate experience?
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