Books Magazine

What’s FACT and What’s FICTION in MY NOVEL

Posted on the 02 April 2012 by Stephsscribe @stephverni

What’s FACT and What’s FICTION in MY NOVELMy poor parents. Now that my book is published, they are having to field questions like, “Were the meddlesome parents in the novel modeled after you?” We all chuckled at that, but the answer is a resounding “no.”

Another question was asked directly to me: “Is your novel based on past experience? Are you Annabelle in the book?”

Ha! What writer doesn’t base some things on past experience, though I can’t share with you all of what’s personal in the story. As writers, we must keep some of our mysteries to ourselves.

These questions are fair, fun, and funny. However, I must set the record straight. Ultimately, the book is a work of fiction. My parents are not those depicted in the book, nor am I Annabelle, though she may have aspects of me in her.

Which ones, you may ask? I’ll clarify a few…

  • We both like “When Harry Met Sally.”
  • We both enjoy eggplant parmesean.
  • We both love Annapolis.
  • We both have tornado dreams.
  • We both have an affinity for tall boots.
  • We both like to read.
  • We both happen to be professors.

Oh, right. You want to know about Cole. Yes, we’ve both dated a guy like Cole. But who hasn’t? That’s what’s so great. So many people can relate to both the good characters and the bad ones. It’s what makes reading fun.

Because the truth of the matter is, we read to connect. We read to identify with the material, the characters, the situation, the plot…whatever it is, we read so that we know we’re not alone. We read to know that others have gone through what we have gone through and have experienced what we have experienced. Or, we read to be swept away into an adventure that we could only hope to experience.

As a hopeless romantic, I read to find hope and connection in other people’s writing. As a writer, I endeavor to give you, my readers, and my characters, hope and happiness.

It’s my desire to help you find a little of that with Michael and Annabelle in “Beneath the Mimosa Tree.” The world needs a little more hope and happiness in it.

So there you have it. Some of what’s fact and some of what’s fiction. And some of the stuff in the middle I’ll just keep to myself.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • What-is-it Wednesday? Answer Revealed!

    -Contributed by Cathy Faye. Yesterday, we posted a visual quiz to the CHP facebook page, showing the image below and asking the pressing question: what is it?... Read more

    The 27 September 2012 by   Chp
    HEALTH, PSYCHOLOGY
  • Entry #12 – What a Useless Day!

    9:26pmDear Diary,I don’t know why I feel like this but I feel so lonely, so useless, and I just want to lie in bed all day and think about going back home. I... Read more

    The 28 September 2012 by   Harper
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • What I'm Wearing - 25.9.12

    I don't know about you but I get excited at the thought of doing my make-up. Even though i'm not going out until 7:30pm, I've already done it. Read more

    The 25 September 2012 by   Beauty18claudia
    HAIR & BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE
  • What Prompted Karl Rove To Go Off On a Fact-Free Rant About Don Siegelman and...

    Greta Van Susteren and Karl Rove No thinking American ever would take anything Karl Rove says as the truth. But the former Bush White House strategist issued a... Read more

    The 25 June 2012 by   Rogershuler
    LEGAL, POLITICS, SOCIETY
  • Writing Fiction and Writing What You Know

    I'm going to start an argument here about writing fiction. Or maybe I'm just taking an existing argument on the phone with my sister onto a writer's issue. Read more

    The 01 July 2012 by   Jfay1995
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • What You Say Can Affect Your Child’s Self Esteem.

    Just the other day, as I was talking with a client about the progress they’re making in his relationship, he voiced another concern. Read more

    The 27 September 2012 by   Barbarajpeters
    FAMILY, PARENTING, RELATIONSHIPS
  • What to Wear Dry Slope Skiing

    Dry ski slopes can be painful to fall on as well as being notorious for ripping up your clothes when you do take a tumble. So what’s the best gear to wear when... Read more

    The 28 September 2012 by   Simplypiste
    OUTDOORS, SNOW, SPORTS

Add a comment

Magazine