This week the challenge asks a question every writer will have to field sooner or later. “How much of you are in your writing?”
In some ways, every author leaves a little of themselves on the page. It might be an unconscious leakage of a childhood memory appearing in the hero’s past or places we’ve been that became settings in our books.
Another interpretation of the prompt relates to me as my characters. Am I my characters? Nope! I haven’t traveled in outer space or hunted treasures like Indiana Jones. Only in my imagination did I ride the desert with the Rat Patrol, fly missions with the bombers of the 918th on 12 O’Clock High or join the black sheep of VMF-214 in their Corsairs in the Pacific Theater (Baa Baa Black Sheep.)
Then there was the me that helped Illya Kuryakin and Napoleon Solo save the world. I won’t admit which of the hunky Men From U.N.C.L.E. was my favorite. Now you can see why adventure and action must be in my stories.
There are areas where I admit to writing myself into my books–and that is an attitude. All my heroes and heroines have a strong belief in duty and honor. To quote Detective Vincent Hardy in Striking Distance, “Loyalty above all else… except honor.”
Conflicts between loyalties appears in Windmaster Legacy when Lord Dal must decide between saving his mother, his wife, or to honor his role as archmage and save magic for all future generations.
Some authors create characters that are mirror images of themselves. Either as they are in real life or who they want to be. Except for Lady Ellspeth, captain of Sea Falcon, and myself both having silver hair, my characters and I don’t share any physical characteristics. While Ellspeth loves the crustaceans found in her native seas of Nerelan, and I love Gulf shrimp, I firmly state — I’m not my characters.
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~till next time, Helen