Kaleena asks “Have you ever written something that you feel uncomfortable writing, knowing that your family and friends will probably end up reading it?”
I feel uncomfortable with everything I write, period! Even though I write fiction, I always end up revealing more of myself than I intended to. I’m a fairly private person, so every time one of my books comes out I feel exposed–especially if I get a critical review. I’m still learning to separate my work from my self.
My forthcoming graphic novel, Chiggers, features a friend character with a number of unappealing traits, and I imagine my friends–especially people I was friends with as a teenager–reading the book and asking, “Is that supposed to be me?!” I almost wish I could put disclaimers on my books: “Dear best friend from 7th grade, this character is not supposed to be you! And Mom, you aren’t like the mom in the story!” Some of my characters are based on real people, but they change so much during the writing process that they become totally unrecognizable by the end. My friends should take heart from the fact that I save some of the worst traits for my protagonists–the characters who are, usually, the most like me.
Hope Larson is the author and artist of the forthcoming graphic novel CHIGGERS. Visit her author page for more information.