So a few days ago, I began to ponder the question, 'how much does an author's personality reflect in their book'. You think that the answer would be simple. It would either be, "Yes my personality always shows up in my stories" or "No my personality never shows up in my stories." Well, it wasn't quite that simple for me.
I really started to think about this for myself and then started to wonder about other authors. For example, there are some really sweet stories out there like Thianna D's All They Ever Needed series. After I got done reading that series, it made me think, 'Wow, Thianna must be such a sweet person in real life because her characters were so genuine and sweet.' Is that case? I don't know because I've never met her in real life. I have talked to her on the internet and she seems like a really sweet person though. :-)
Another example is what about people who write stories that have a non-consensual theme. I'm seriously hoping here that those authors don't reflect their personality in their stories because that would mean that we had some pretty mean people out there.
Anyway, I was thinking about this and I came to the conclusion that for me, my book (soon to be books) reflect about half of my personality.
I keep getting the compliment that I'm a sweet writer. My dominants are always there with open arms whenever their submissives need a cuddle. In real life, I'm a sweet person. I'm always the friend who will gladly give you her notes if you missed class, ask how your brother's soccer game went that you went to last Saturday, or around Christmas time, I make little goodie bags filled with candy and a lotto ticket for my friends. I can't help it, I like being sweet to people because you never know what someone is going through and how a simple act of kindness can change their day.
So far, all of my stories are age play themed. I like writing about Daddies who take care of their little girls. I've openly said before that I relate very well to a little. Yet, this does not reflect my personality at all. In real life, I've been told on many occasion that I'm the "mom" of my group of friends. I'm the one when if I was going out partying with my friends, I make sure that no one does anything stupid. I also tend to be the one who reminds everyone else "oh you need to bring that extra textbook or extra assignment to class tomorrow." If anyone who liked my books met me in person, they would have no clue that I would rather act little than big.
I also hate being touched in real life. I have my bubble and people should not penetrate it unless you're my best friend who could give a shit if I keep telling her that I hate hugs. In my book(s), touching is such a huge part of the story. The Daddy always rubs the little's back or her feet. The little loves her cuddles or just holding her Daddy's hand. That so isn't me.
Now that this is all said, I really wonder how much any author's personality reflects in their books. Before I started writing stories, I would have said that the author's personality is what shaped the entire story. After becoming one though, I can see how that just might not be the case. I would love to hear what anyone, author or reader, thinks on this topic.
That's my ramble for the day. I hope that you all have a great rest of the week! :-)