Happy almost Halloween! I think this blog post is good timing with the idea of dressing up in costume. Often times when I read fiction, I wonder how much of the book involved someone or something the author has known or experienced.
I am guilty of reading the author's biography and trying to dissect what intersections cross with the author's real life and the written word. As an author, I can't help but wonder if readers do the same with my books. Especially when my books take place in D.C. and the main character visits and goes about daily D.C. life in ways that are similar to mine, but then again, also vastly different. The latter being key. Fiction is exactly that . . . fiction. I think that is the fun of it.
You can pick something out of your daily life or something you are familiar with and then go to town making it the most far out, far reaching thing you can come up with. In my case, much like Shoshana, I too, have brothers and sisters-in-law. My husband is the youngest of three boys. When I entered into the family a few years ago, I was very intrigued by all of these new people I was meeting. People that would become my family. And suddenly an idea for a book came along.
As you will see in the book, the things that go on are not only made-up, but would be highly problematic if actually happening. Read it and see what I mean. ;)
So I just figured in the spirit of costumes, how thinly veiled are fiction books? Is the author putting on a costume or is the book just a fantastic piece of fiction? Other than a few short lines of bio, I guess we will never really know what goes on behind closed doors with any author. But that is also the fun part too!
Have a nice day!
Becoming Mrs. Walsh I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Xo.