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Sharing Ourselves in Our Novels

Updated on September 16, 2016

Is It Possible?

The question was asked a few weeks ago on my Mailbag forum: how much do my beliefs influence my characters in my books? To put it another way, how much are my characters a reflection of who I am as a human being?

I suppose it is possible for a fiction writer to publish books that do not reflect his/her persona and beliefs, but I really can’t imagine it ever happening to me. One of the reasons I love writing so much is because it gives me a way to communicate with others my feelings and beliefs through stories. I am, deep down, a storyteller, and my stories always reflect my core values. I just assumed it was that way with all writers. Perhaps I’m wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time.

So let’s play show and tell. I’ll share with you the central characters in my four novels and five novellas, and explain to you why those characters are, in fact, me.

The 12/599 Shuttle
The 12/599 Shuttle | Source

The 12/59 Shuttle from Yesterday to Today

The 12/59 Shuttle was my first novel, this story is told in first person, and the narrator is Bill Hollis, a down-and-out alcoholic who just can’t seem to get his shit together. He’s a wise-ass smart-mouth who masks his insecurities by being sarcastic. Deep down inside he’s just a scared little boy who has no answers at all.

Meet me ten years ago when alcohol almost knocked me out of the ring of life permanently.

I was a mess, as is Bill Hollis. I had a good heart and deep down a good sense of right and wrong, but I just couldn’t get out of my own way. But my friends wouldn’t give up on me, and eventually I met a remarkable woman who understood the power of love and, well, here I am.

And that woman in real life, my wife Bev, is Sheila in my first novel. Sheila has the power to bring the dead back to life, as Bev did for me. Sheila sees life as a magical mystery tour, the wonder of it all, the majestic thrill of getting up in the morning knowing another day has dawned, another day when good will be done and love will be shared. That, in a nutshell, is my Bev.

The book has two central themes: love and save the planet.

The book is a window into my life.

Resurrecting Tobias
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Resurrecting Tobias

And if that previous window wasn’t transparent enough, welcome to “Resurrecting Tobias.”

Toby King seemingly had it all, a popular kid, a star athlete, a young man on the fast track to success….but then disaster struck, and Toby just didn’t know how to handle serious adversity, and his world fell apart, fueled by alcoholism and spiraling, spiraling, spiraling out of control….

And only the love of a good woman and a best friend could save Toby from himself.

Again, love is the central theme, and by now you might suspect that love is pretty important to me, as hopefully it is to you. You might also notice, if you read “Tobias,” that I believe in strong women characters. There are no shrinking violets in my books, no wimpy women incapable of getting through life with a strong man by their side. The women in my books will always be able to stand on equal footing with the men characters and, in fact, are often stronger than the men.

It’s what I believe.

It’s what I wish I would see more often in society.

Shadows Kill and Shadows over Innocence

The “Shadow” series is about vengeance and violent retribution. There is no other way to sugarcoat it. They are about the shadow characters in society who slip between the cracks of the criminal justice system and spread misery throughout society, and it is about Eli Baker, a man who has suffered greatly, who has seen loved ones suffer greatly, and who says “screw it” and decides to take matters into his own bloodstained hands.

Do I, the author, believe in vigilante justice? No, not at all, but I certainly understand it when it happens. We live in a turbulent time, and millions of people are afraid, frustrated and pissed as hell. Eli is one of those people and he decides it is time to be a rather forceful part of the solution to society’s problems.

Throughout the “Shadows” series you will notice the theme of friendship and family, and how important those bonds are. You will also be treated to Eli’s philosophy about life, his thoughts about what he sees and experiences, and his thoughts are mine on a variety of topics.

And his girlfriend, Liz, is one strong woman who doesn’t take crap from anyone.

The Billy the Kid Chronicles
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The Billy the Kid Chronicles: Five Installments and Growing

Billy O’Dowd, also known as Billy Fix-It or Billy the Kid, handles problems for people, problems that fall outside the legalities of our justice system. Billy grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, just a street rat who learned early on the importance of family and close friends. It was a tough childhood and Billy learned how to survive, and one survives by doing anything necessary…but above all, one does anything for family and friends.

I believe that. I don’t believe in violence but I do believe family and friends are always there for each other. When threatened, you pull up the drawbridge and take on all comers. Period! Anyone who threatens family and friends is, by definition, an enemy. Threaten my family and that “love they neighbor” stuff goes right out the window.

Do I believe in Billy’s violent ways? Of course not, but I do believe that family supports family. Friends support friends. That’s how I was raised and that’s what I’ll always believe.

Read any of these novellas and you’ll also meet Genna, Billy’s wife and also a very strong woman.

In fact, you’ll meet quite a few strong women in the “Billy the Kid” novellas. There are Paula and Mindi, both hookers with hearts of gold and a strong sense of friendship and loyalty. There are secondary players in the series, waitresses and cleaning women, hairdressers and ranch-hands, women who are absolute rocks when trouble comes a’callin’.

And there is one other theme that weaves its way through all of my novels, and that theme is the complicated nature of human beings. Often what we see of a person is only a very small percentage of what that person is like. I believe there is good, and the capacity for evil, in all of us. I believe that drug addicts and hookers all have value. Even my vigilante “good guys” have dark sides and a willingness, at times, to let loose the hounds of hell if it serves their purpose, and yet the next day they are doing charitable works for the church or helping old ladies across the street.

We are complicated animals, we humans, and I want my novels to show that.

So There You Go

There will be more in the “Shadows” series as well as the “Billy the Kid” novellas. There will be a second “Shuttle” book eventually, and there will also be a reflective novel about life growing up the 60’s, a coming of age novel that will be about as close to autobiographical as I’ll ever get…..

I thank you for stopping by and reading my ramblings. I just wanted to share my characters with you and, by so doing, share a bit of me with you as well.

That is, after all, what we fiction writers do.

If you’re interested at all, you can find all of my books on Amazon in ebook form as well as paperback. Just look for William D. Holland….that’s me!

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc) #greatestunknownauthor


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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you PS....yes, my characters are in me, and I am in my characters. Happy Thanksgiving once again, my friend. Sending love and hugs your way.

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      Patricia Scott 

      12 months ago from sunny Florida

      To me because you have shared your challenges even before you shared these writings it made me want to read more of your fictional works and as I got lost in the characters your voice came through. Phew...long sentence....but do you get where I was going? I will have to buy your works as I do not have the time to read them on here .....I truly get lost in them. Angels are once again winging their way to you bringing hugs and blessings and a happy Thanksgiving wish. ps

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      Bill Holland 

      19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is for sure, Rolly! I love to write and my heart is front and center in everything I do write. I don't know any other way, my friend.

      Happy Easter and hugs from Olympia

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      19 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Bill... great article and I think it fair to write a little of ourselves. Sometimes it bridges the gap between writer/reader. Great advice and I know your heart is in all you write...

      Hugs and Blessing from Snowy Canada

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That one I figured out, Lawrence. It shines brightly throughout the novel.....well done on the 2nd, my friend.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      I knew it, we can't really help it can we? I've only completed the one novel so far, the second is nearly 'first draft finished' and I think you can work out the main theme.

      Loyalty, mates just don't let mates down! They'll move 'heaven and earth' to help those who need help!

      Thanks for letting me know I'm not 'nuts' for writing that way.


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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sparrow, I think you just hit upon a key to a creative writer...the heart and the brain...without one or the other, words are simply words....and not a reflection of life. Thank you!

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      2 years ago

      Sir Bill, you are always inspiring and I really like the story about Sheila. She's full of life and I didn't know it was inspired by your beautiful wife :) How you see the life and put into stories is very encouraging and I learn a lot :) I of course realized it's much easier to write and the flow of the story begins when your heart is involved with the brain and not just the brain. Have a good day !!!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing that, Peg! A character people enjoy hating....nice angle on that one. : Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and blessings always.

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      Peg Cole 

      2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Bill, as always, this was most enlightening. I agree that as writers we create characters that reflect our values and perspectives. Also, we expose or reinvent some of the characters that have influenced or affected our lives, whether for the positive or negative. It makes the writing somewhat cathartic, at least for me. In my (only) novel, I created a character who people seemed to enjoy hating. It was personally gratifying to see that others viewed him in that light.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You betcha, Mike!

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      2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I will keep an eye out. Thanks again.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing that, the way, your book went to the post office today, so you'll be getting it next week.

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      2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill - When I was writing Emerald Wells Cafe, the characters were Carl, Earl, and Harold plus Em, Gabby and Rose was introduced. As the stories progressed, it occurred to me that I was in every character. Before the series ended several more characters were introduced - that had me worried - haha.

      I liked this article, it tells much about all of us.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's pretty hard to avoid, Alicia, but I know some fiction writers have....thanks for stopping by.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting article, Bill. The fiction that I write is generally fantasy. My first thought while I was reading this hub was that my fantasy characters have nothing to do with me. On second thoughts, though, I can see that at least some of them do. I might find that the rest of them do, too!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Zulma. I love doing that and yes, writing is a ton of fun.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      They say write what you know. So it stands to reason that our writings are a reflection of ourselves and our values.

      But writing can provide an opportunity to delve into a side of ourselves we know exists but cannot acknowledge. We can invest these traits into a character and see where it leads him/her. Writing is such fun.:)

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you very much, Eric!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, for sure you can write novels opposite your beliefs. I hope I didn't give the impression that you couldn't do it. Maybe I'll try that out one of these day.

      Thanks and blessings

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aw, thanks, Kailey. Like Popeye, I am what I am. :)

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks this was very interesting and enlightening.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Bill, IMO you can write novels and stories that are the opposite of your beliefs, yes and I think there somewhere in every story, novel and novella there is a grain of truth if not a whole bucket of grains.

      Blessings my friend always

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      2 years ago

      A lovely article revealing indirectly who you are upon which personal qualities the billybuc and Michael met and become friends. . As in some of comments already has ben said, writings ( as well as our speach) reflects who we are as well as whose we are.The entity of whole person spirit soul and body is manifested through our acts of expression either consciously or subconsciously. In any case everyone of us is as an open book to public eyes being read more or less, depending upon person's competence that requires certain degree of the individuals intellect.

      Blessing always. Peace with us.

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      social thoughts 

      2 years ago from New Jersey


      I enjoyed reading your "behind the novels." :) They say it's best to write what you know. I think it's best to connect with others that way, too. It's one of your greatest strengths.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Buildreps. I think writing is a wonderful way of dealing with one's neuroses. LOL

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, consider this a thinly-veiled advertisement for my novels. LOL Or consider it a sharing of my insights. It is, after all, in the eye of the beholder. :) Thank you always, dear friend, and Happy Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Dora! I'm so grateful that people are responding to my characters.

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      2 years ago from Europe

      Great explanation how you as a writer developed from your first novel to where you are now. Creating loving, and when necessary violent, characters helps you cope with your dark side. Keep rollin' on, my friend. You're doing great.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      This is a creative way to showcase all of your novels, Bill. You are certainly writing up a storm!

      I am reminded of Stephen King's quote, "We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones."

      Yes, we certainly write a part of us in our writings and then I think our great imaginations kick in or either some real life characters we have come into contact with or heard of from family or friends, we take from too. I understand completely about protecting our family!

      I know I have looked in the face of evil in very real spiritual battles, wherein I certainly could muster up some terrifying evil ones in my writings.

      Thank you for sharing, Dear Bill.

      Peace and blessings

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      You do reveal you in your writings, and with such creativity. You get into all the earthy stuff to which I can relate, and I like that.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So good to have you back, Sara. I hope you are well, and thank you for your very kind words. Now don't be a stranger!!!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I should be done with the 3rd in the Shadow series by November and then I'll start in on the fictional say April or May next year. :) Provided I'm still alive and kickin' of course.

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      Sara Sarwar Riaz 

      2 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Hello after a long long time... I am just rediscovering my way through hubpages and came across your very close to home piece. It is indeed very true... And you couldn't have described it better. I always talk through my characters, delivering my own thoughts, feelings and how I look at the world and people in general. I don't where you glean your inspiration from while putting forth a piece of writing, but you always touch upon the most important aspects in a writers world.

      So good to be back... :)

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think so too, Mel, but then maybe I'm just lazy. LOL

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is fun, Kathleen, and I've done the same thing.....what a hoot, as my grandmother used to say. LOL

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      As you know, I'm an ardent fan, Bill. I own The 12/59 and the first two in your Shadows series. I look forward to purchasing and reading the novels you have in the pipeline. How far out do you think your fictional autobiography is?

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Vellur, and thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, you echoed something I often say...."I'm not creative enough to invent names for my characters,"....they are always names of people I knew during my lifetime. LOL

      Thank you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marion, it's my pleasure, and thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, just between you and I, I hope your pastor was wrong in that, or I'm in big trouble. LOL

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All very interesting, Alan! I love to hear the process writers use....I appreciate you sharing that with us. Now I really must head to your site for some catching-up.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita! I appreciate you, my friend.

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 years ago from San Diego California

      Sometimes we are the main characters as we stand in the flesh, with pimples, warts and all, and sometimes we are idealized versions of ourselves, the way we want to be but are not. But either way, we write in the worldview we take inside our own skins, and I think attempting to write any other way would come across as unbelievable to the reader. Great work!

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      My readers who know me as Marcia not Kathleen (my Pen Name) all tell me my books sound just like me. I don't think I could write any other way. It's my voice. I'm amazed at writers who can completely camouflage themselves with another persona. In my latest book, though, I intentionally included some scenes that offer points of view on some subjects that are not my own. There are also some that are my own, but nobody knows. Now, that was fun.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      I love the way that you have written about how the real you is revealed through your writings and characters involved. Thank you for sharing.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hi Bill,

      You raised my confidence level a few notches.

      I was thinking that fiction is always based on characters that have nothing to do with real life people. Thanks for giving examples proving I was wrong. If I ever write fiction, I will only be able to create characters around me, including myself. I am not creative enough to think beyond those I know in real life.

      This is a great hub addressing something I always wondered about. Thanks for writing.

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      Marion Drury 

      2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Great article Bill. Totally agree. Thank you for sharing so transparently.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for sharing a little more of yourself and your characters, Bill. I agree that as writers we always put some of our own personality and beliefs into our characters. It is difficult not to, after all it is a way to express our thoughts and concerns to the world. Sometimes writing gives you the freedom to express feelings and desires that you suppress in real life as well. I often use my poetry to soapbox causes I care deeply about but feel a little helpless to change in real life. Now and then, like Larry, I create a character that is the exact opposite of all I believe in..or so I think. I had a Pastor once tell me, "If you can think it, you are capable of doing it!" That was a worry. Anyway, I love your characters and part of "you" is always apparent in your stories.

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Well Bill, unless we put something of ourselves [tangible] into our fictional character(s) [intangible] there's got to be something missing from the story and readers pick up - or rather put down - on that. 'Extras', or other characters need to be based on real people as well, some we know, others we're loosely acquainted with, others we've only met or come across in the course of a day. Only the technology and clothing's changed in the last millennium.

      One of my wife's 'pastimes' is people-watching. She also 'earwigs' (a London expression for listening in to others' conversations, and maybe that reflects on the quality of mine. But then I try to 'shut down' when off duty, aka not writing).

      A lot of my cameos, away from the action, come from observation. People's reactions to ribbing, the effects of booze (no tea or coffee, Horlicks or soft drinks in 11th Century England) on their thought processes, womanising (lots of that), and pooling of thoughts on raiding the mainland (centres on Ely in the waterlogged Fens) occupy men's minds. And freezing cold, misty mornings sploshing through shallow water or bog.

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      2 years ago from london

      Very well done Bill. So much of it makes sense. I applaud your philosophy and your Bev.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, it would be fascinating to speak with King about this topic. I'll bet some of his characters are more like him than we suspect...not the really scary ones, but some of the gentler protagonists....but then I could be completely wrong, too. LOL

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You didn't prattle on at all, Larry, and yes, it's a fascinating topic. I love that you are able to create a character so opposed to the real you. I suppose ti do that in parts, creating a character in Billy the Kid who never hesitates to pull the trigger first and ask questions second.....anyway, before I prattle, thanks for your thoughts.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I sure hope Stephen King's books are not a reflection of who he is! lol But you never know!

      I do agree though it is that way with most of us.

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      A very fertile and also dangerous line of thinking.

      What I mean by that is that yes, a character created by an author has to be in some form a reflection of that author, but I think sometimes readers make the entirely erroneous leap that a character is the author.

      If that's the case, folks that read my stories must think I'm a pretty awful person if they read a story like "Something Wonderful is Going to Happen" where the main character is a chauvinistic psychopath with an oddly compelling, be it dark, sense of humor.

      To be honest that character is the inverse of me on most levels. I simply think to myself, how do I make this antihero just awful! And for the most part, when I make his choices for him, I choose the opposite of what I would do.

      I know I'm not the only one that employs techniques like this.

      Sorry I've prattled on so long, but it's a fascinating topic and one that warrants discussion.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, I'm an open book. LOL Come on, that was funny, right?

      You're very welcome, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, that's pretty funny, actually, and funnier still because I can certainly relate to your son's answer. I've often wondered if Bev should be concerned about me based on my writing. LOL

      blessings always


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      2 years ago

      Thanks for letting me get to know you a little better.

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      Denise McGill 

      2 years ago from Fresno CA

      My son wrote a book with twins as the main characters. One was strong and confident, if a little misguided, while the other was a wimp and a little bit of a cry baby needing his mommy. I had to ask him which one was a portrayal of himself and.... you probably guessed it. He said they both were. I am trying not to be a little afraid for my schizophrenic son because he at least is utilizing the therapy of writing... but should I be worried? Haha. Great hub, master.



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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do agree with Vonnegut, Eldon, but I'd never heard that statement. Thanks for sharing, my friend.


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      Eldon Arsenaux 

      2 years ago from Cooley, Texas

      This Hub reminds me of something Vonnegut said during an interview. That an author of fiction tries to hide himself in the prose but he's always there. That he, Vonnegut, always put a known piece of himself in the novels, and the rest were the unknown parts which literature brought to the forefront. An unearthing of psyche. Anyway, great minds think uniquely, and you certainly do Bill! Have a great week!


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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Linda! If you ever write a glowing article about liver I will personally declare you the greatest writer who ever lived. LOL I can't even walk into a room when liver is being prepared.....instant sickness!

      Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. May you find peace of heart soon.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, yes, yes, yes! I don't understand how one COULD write against their own beliefs. If you hated women, could you create the beautiful, loving, strong, intelligent characters of Genna and Liz and the others? You could try, but I don't think even YOU, as skilled as you are at writing, could make it ring true.

      The authenticity of what you write has to come from your heart.

      (Ask me to write a glowing food history and recipe about liver and tripe and see just how authentic it sounds). {{shudder}}

      This is a great hub, not only because it explains even more the creative process, but you have given us a perfect summary of your books in one clear concise little nutshell.

      Have a great Friday my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, not only hard, but I don't know how it can be done. :) Thanks for being here and Happy Weekend to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Friday Janine and thanks so much for always being here. Your interview will be posted Tuesday of next week.

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      2 years ago from USA

      The "you" definitely shines through in your characters. It's hard not to put your own perspective into your work.

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      Janine Huldie 

      2 years ago from New York, New York

      Love how you broke this down and agree as writers, i think we do write what we know and then expand upon that still. So, couldn't agree more and wishing you a wonderful Friday and weekend ahead now, too!! :)


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