Since I have started telling people about my writing and specifically since I published Breathe, I have noticed a strange phenomenon amongst people I know. It started out with little comments here and there. I didn’t really notice them at first. “Be careful what you say around her. She’s a writer. You’re going to end up in a book!” Then it started happening more often. Hmmm.
Now I have started paying attention. I’m not sure if people are worried they will end up in one of my stories or excited about it. Some of them look at me kind of sideways like “Uh oh” and others have a sort of smirk that leads me to think maybe they would like it.
I started to think. Do I put people I know in my books? I absolutely used situations I either witnessed or heard about in Breathe. As a matter of fact a friend said to me “That’s not very believable, Elena” Interestingly enough, that was the situation I stole from real life. Truth being stranger than fiction and all.
Do I use the people I know as characters in my books? I think I’m going to keep that one to myself. Just keep talking about your life. Don’t pay attention if you see me typing away on my phone. Just texting the kids…
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