Friday, August 19, 2011


I'm back for another Follow Friday! Love this meme...

This week, the question is basically, "Which book would you write yourself into and what role would you play in that book?"

Weeeell...I sort of already did.

Both of my published books (A BLUE SO DARK and PLAYING HURT) are 100% fictitious. The events and characters are complete figments of my own imagination.

...But there's just something about writing in first person. Bits of myself naturally leak out. My humor, my observations, drips of my own personality become part of my characters. And it doesn't matter how unlike me my characters might seem at first. I even see bits of myself in Clint, the male protagonist from PLAYING HURT.

So in a way, I feel as though I am very much a part of both of my books. (I don't think I'm the only writer who feels this way, either. I think this is part of the reason why written work always feels so very personal to the author...)

New followers, please leave a comment so I can head on over to your blog! (Also, be sure to check out my last post...we're looking for fabulous topics at my YA group author blog, YA Outside the Lines!)


  1. That's awesome that it's something that has already happened for you!
    New Follower:)

  2. That is so true, writes kind of leak into the characters. ;)

    New follower. :)
    My Friday @ For The Love of Reading!

  3. I'm not a writer but I can imagine that writing in first person would make it almost impossible not to allow a little bit of yourself to leak in. Honestly, I think that's what can make or break the realism of a character.

    Jessi @ Reading in the Corner

  4. I love when authors tell me that certain characters or aspects of their characters are a reflection of themselves. I feel like I get a better understanding and feel close to the novel then.

    The Garden of Books

  5. Thanks for visiting and following my blog.

  6. hey! I usually don't answer the question b/c everyone has different questions today lol. have a good Friday!

    Followin you!! Hope you'll stop by my blog and tell me what your fav 2011 book is! :)

  7. I also like books that reflect a part of the author. My favorite is "Resurrection" by Tolstoi.
    The book I have translated, "The Little Black Fish" also has some biographical tenor. The most unbelieveable part is the ending of the book. The author, Samad Beh-Rang, faced the same fate as that of the hero he had created.

  8. Hi! Thanks for following my blog! I'm following you back now. ^_^ It's so funny that you followed me because I just got your book A Blue So Dark this week in the mail. I can't wait to read it. Happy Follow Friday!

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm a new follower. The one novel I started writing, and got the farthest with, my main character is kind of based on me, and like you it was just easiest for me to write in first person.

  10. I couldn't figure our which page to go to so I just followed and commented on two of them! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. I like to see authors that participate in these memes. It gives us a little inside look.

    Have a good weekend.

  12. Thanks for the follow! Following back. :)

    Great answer, too. One of the minor characters in my in-progress novel has begun to look and sound suspiciously like me. She's definitely somebody else, but it's amazing how much of myself sneakily leaked on to the page.

  13. Interesting answer.
    Thanks for following. I'm following back.

  14. That's so awesome. There have been a few dreams I've had that I've written down when I woke up. However, no one will ever lay eyes on them because they're terrible. lol

    Thanks for stopping by my friday memes as well!

    ♥ Sarah

  15. Awesome! Inspirational!
    Nice post!
    Thanks, Holly!

  16. Nail, meet head.

    Excellent post Holly, and thanks for following my blog! (that's so awesomely cool!)


  17. I feel the same. My characters are not me, but I know I inject some of my traits into them.


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