Reality and Fiction Collide: A Letter from Aunt Lou

One of the best---and most nerve-wracking---things about having a story published is knowing that friends and family members are reading it...and wondering which character is them.

The truth is, even though it's fiction, as writers we draw from our reality, so it's only natural that certain physical characteristics, personality traits, and even experiences of those we know will find their way into our stories in some form.  But as I've explained over and over again, even though bits and pieces of reality make it into my stories, they're all split up and scrambled and then melded together in new ways so that none of my characters are wholly based on any one real person.  And...well...now it's confession time.

There is one character in Three Daves that was written with one and only one real life person in mind. That'd be Aunt Lou, my MC's Godmother. For the part, I needed someone warm and honest and fun and with that certain je ne sais quoi that draws people to her. And I wanted someone gorgeous, a real presence in the room. Lucky, lucky me that my real life Godmother just happens to be precisely that woman.

So "Aunt Lou" has read the book and her reaction is in---last week I received a letter from her. Wanna hear it? I thought you would:

Darling Bev,

You are one bad girl. I always knew you were one cool. smart, good-looking chick [see why I love her so much?] but I didn't know how raunchily hilarious you could be.  I read your book in three nights. I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter. I was literally laughing out loud at 4 a.m. all by myself. I don't know if you've read any of Lisa Kleypa's books. They have plenty of sex but not your ability to make it so funny.

My favorite character besides Jen was, of course, me!  I couldn't have described myself better. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.  How lucky am I to have you as a Godchild?

Aunt Lou

Major *whew*!  Isn't that note the sweetest?  And yes, she actually signed it "Aunt Lou." I hate to inform her there's no sequel planned, but I'll certainly do my best to come through on my raunchy hilarity in the next story. ;)

So how about you---any "fictional" characters in your stories not quite so fictional?

A few more items:
1. Enjoy the show Chuck & want to see it return for season 5?  See post below.

2. Think you know your 80s Movies?  See the Three Daves Facebook Wall.

3. Join us for the Meet an Author Monday blog hop, hosted by Cali Cheer Mom, where you can mix & mingle w/ other writers.


Michael Di Gesu said...

What a great story, Nicki.... That is AWESOME!

My characters are loosely based, on believe it or not, me. In my first novel Amber and whispering Willows. Three of the characters including certain traits of the mc are based on me. As you know I lived many, many, different lives .... lol

I forgot to take my wonderful copy with me to Florida to read, but the moment I get back and we have that drink for our birthday's I will read it.


Anonymous said...

Not really. Maybe bits and pieces, but I generally build my characters' personalities as I get to know them and learn a little more about them.
It's fun to know that Aunt Lou is based on your Godmother. I love her letter! She sounds like a wonderful person. :)

M Pax said...

Yay on Aunt Lou loving your book. How exciting to be getting positive feedback.

So far, I have not based any of my characters on anyone I know. Maybe a tic or something. I use their names.

Anonymous said...

Very cute letter - and I know what you mean about family reading your books.

P.S. Okay, what the heck was the 80's movie you tweeted about today?? Inquiring minds gotta know...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's funny! No, I've wisely left all real people out of my story.

Jennifer Lane said...

What a great letter from "Aunt Lou"! That's good she reacted so positively--always nerve-wracking. Like you, many of my characters have bits and pieces of real life friends but I must admit that With Good Behavior characters Detective Marilyn Fox, friend Kirsten Holland, and graduate adviser Anita Green were all based on real people!

Anonymous said...

That's a wonderful story and letter!