Author vs. Protagonist

One of the reasons I waited so long to put my stories out for people to read is that I was worried about what people would think. I wasn’t only worried about whether or not people would like them, but what friends and family members would read into my work. 

When I write about a difficult (that’s putting it lightly in Keita’s case) mother, would my mom get offended? If I write in some romantic problems, would my husband assume I had some unresolved issues with him? And how much would people read into my own life and personality? 

As I edit Keita, I’m reminded of how someone once told me that Keita’s story speaks volumes about how I view my own life. My initial reaction is to become offended. It’s just a story. There’s no need to try to find some psychological take on it. 

Then I realize I’ve done exactly that with a certain vampire and werewolf loving author. I assumed certain personality traits and aspects about that author’s life based on the stories she wrote.

In the end, I think it’s safe to assume that every author puts some part of themselves into their written words. We all write based on our own thoughts, assumptions, experiences, and expectations. But can you really look at one character and assume the author molded him or her after themselves? I think you have to look at the bigger picture and a little deeper than the surface plot. 

An author’s life might be shown not through one mere story but through their entire catalog of works. When it all comes down to it, you can assume whatever you want, but that doesn't make it so. 

Truth be told, I identify more with Obb than Keita. But what would I know? I’m just an author.