PIECES OF ME

Today is my younger son’s birthday. I’m away at a conference in Florida and so won’t celebrate with him this day.

Yesterday, someone said to me that he ought to write his memoirs.

Shouldn’t we all?

Or, as writers, don’t we, already?

How many times have you written an incident that’s happened to you? Or used a trait of a relative to define a character? Or made the neighbor next door a peripheral character in a book?

Come on, confess. I’ll start. I made my in-laws major characters in one of my early books. Here’s the thing. Members of my family read the book and nobody recognized them.

Really. There was also a cousin, a neighbor, people I’d worked with — not so you’d recognize them, but I’d written to their personalities or family history, or something in their current livesused

My husband and sons — I won’t go there. Maybe, maybe not. But the cat — I featured our Calico cat in one of my books because I promised her, before she died.

And aunts and uncles — fair game, where I could reorder life with them to my taste and say what I should have said thirty years ago.

Writing, as it were, pieces of my biography entwined with fictionalizing them.

I shouldn’t write my memoirs. I should say, read my books. There, you’ll learn all about me.

Beyond the Night, the sequel to The Darkest Heart is available now as a Pocket Star eBbook.

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4 thoughts on “PIECES OF ME”

  1. It’s interesting that you say none of your relatives recognize themselves in your books. My friends and relatives do, even though I haven’t modeled characters after them. One said to me, “Oh, I could TOTALLY tell you used so-and-so for that character,” and another said, “That character is exactly like so-and-so.” I said, “Really?” and I delved back into the book to see what they were talking about. I never use real people as characters because I don’t want anyone to feel singled out, insulted, or whatever. Yet they see themselves anyway. Interesting.

  2. Hi Thea! I saw the title of your post and thought it was a post about my book, PIECES of LOVE, LOL.I often use situations that have happened in my life…like the deadly creme brulee incident in POL…don’t ask. I also find that my characters are often a mash-up of real people so to speak. Fun post!

    1. Hi everyone. Sorry to be late responding — I’m still in FL, on a lunch break right now. Even today, talking to a friend who was remembering her mother’s history and how of the telling childhood details that shape us could be descriptions and plot points in any of our books. Honestly, there’s a women’s fiction novel (based our on pasts and those who shaped our lives) inside all of us.

      Thanks for posting!

      Thea

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