Writers & their characters.
It's a topic that's probably been talked, written and blogged to death already, but still worth exploring. And that is, how much do our characters resemble their authors? Come on now, in all honesty, can you emphatically state that your main character has none of your traits, thoughts, or desires? Zero? Nada? Zilch?
The thought came to me while walking this morning and encountering yet another dog walker whose pooch bore a strong resemblance to him. The pooch in question was a large pug; I leave the owner's description to your vivid imagination. Ok, so it's a bit of a stretch over to authors and characters but that's where my thoughts were by the time I reached home.
I must admit my sleuth, Lizzie Turner has the same snacking habits/problems, dislikes such as cooking, and, low and behold, she also bought the same car I drive. Smart cookie! (She could at least have chosen a different colour though.) I'm sure our thoughts about the opposite sex overlap from time to time. However, she is a much smarter dresser than I. (Perhaps she can teach me a thing or two!)
It's important to have well-rounded characters, so why not endow them with likes and dislikes we know well? I would want to distance myself from my character only if she/he were a serial killer or someone equally un-sympathetic, like a politician. In these cases, creativity and imagination combine to produce fiction.
Where it gets really interesting, is when colleagues, friends or family start believing one of the characters is based on them.
So, there you have my Lizzie/Linda character. What's happening with yours? How often does your life intersect your characters?
Linda Wiken/Erika Chase