Is My Character Like Me?

Vicki BatmanAward-winning author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby.

Good morning! I’ve written a little funny mystery, Temporarily Employed, and last fall, it was published by The Wild Rose Press.

Often, writers are told to write what they know. One question I’m often asked—aside from the “how did you begin writing” kind—is “are there elements from your personal life in your book?”

*raising hand* Yes. I’ve passed on a few things to my heroine, Hattie Cooks. For example, I love handbags and so does my heroine. Since she’s a few years younger than moi, she may not have as many as I do. And like so many of mine, some of hers are vintage. Here’s an Enid Collins:

Vicki Batman Enid Collins Handbag

Handbags aren’t the only things my heroine and I share in common. When I was a young single girl, I wanted a Jeep Wrangler for my first car; however, I listened to my dad who nixed the idea, saying they were dangerous. What that car said to me was fun. And sassy. And I wanted my girl to be fun and sassy.

Vicki Batman Jeep Wrangler

Like Hattie, I shared an apartment with my best friend for four years. So the layout of Hattie’s apartment is similar to ours.

Hattie eats at an Italian restaurant like one near my house. And I passed on my once upon a time dream of owning my own shop. She even works at jobs that might resemble some I worked at.

Some people might say I wrote a book about me. LOL. No, not even close. I’ve never been involved in a murder investigation. I didn’t grow up with some of the luxuries Hattie has. I never knew any police personnel of any kind, and Temporarily Employedam not up to speed on police procedural. I’ve read books, attended lectures, and a citizen’s academy to familiarize myself. My heroine interacts with far weirder people than I ever did. I have a friend with the same name as the hero, but spelled differently. I heard a commercial for a new TV show and the character’s name stuck in my head.

I patterned my town after a part of the metroplex I live in, but gave it a different name, Sommerville. I liked the sound. Besides, I wanted to keep some of my life private so no strangers could track me down. LOL.

For I believe what I write about resembles a lot of people in the U.S.A, the everyday kind of folk. And strange things do happen to them.

11 thoughts on “Is My Character Like Me?

  1. Hi, Vicki … Glad to see you here. Great post. I think there is an element of us and those we know in the characters we create in our stories. I use some from my childhood memories to fashion some of the funnier ones 🙂 Handbags and movies and all the stuff that makes you unique are too much fun !!


    • Hi, Florence! I’m glad you stopped by!! Emotion is found in those memories and that is why they have stayed with us. I could have given my girl a small sedan, but is that a fun car? Perhaps if I added smiley face stickers. LOL

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  2. Your book sounds fun. It’s so much easier to write from what we know, have seen, experienced, etc. I doubt most of us write about the main character as ourselves even if we use some of the perceptions and characteristics. I think most writers want their protagonist to have obviously different characteristics and unique experiences. That’s what make the writing fun. The lead character can be a piece of you, the writer, and also be able to do and experience things the writer has not.


  3. People do think as authors we live what we write… I like to throw in some pieces of people I know but not all the pieces fit. 🙂


  4. My heroine Amanda works ar a convenience store / gas station. I worked at the same store for almost 15 years. It was the easiest way to bring her and the hero to the same page.
    Jake, my hero, drives a Jeep Wrangler. He’s a SEAL and I thought I would give him a different ride from the pickup all the other guys drive.


  5. Hi, CK! Well, rats, my phone didn’t put up my comment. I think working at a convenience store would be stuffed with loads of great stuff for books. And your Jeep guy has great taste.

    Hi, Ilona! I can’t change it and maybe I don’t want to. I think the feelings are more honest and I want that in my writing. What do you think?


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