It’s Wednesday which means it’s my day to post on the TRUTH vs FICTION BLOG HOP. My thanks to our lovely host Christian Frey who arranged the hop (Dec. 17-21, 2012). ChristianFrey.ca if you want to link),
Instead of tackling Truth vs Fiction, I want to talk about Truth IN Fiction.
I think that most writers explore their own truths in their work, whether it’s a belief in true love, the evil of pedophiles, or that life exists beyond Earth.
I wouldn’t presume to speak for anyone else, but I can give you some examples of the truths I reveal through my own writing.
If you know that my books feature a hitwoman who talks to animals, you may be thinking I’m even more neurotic than Maggie, but bear with me.
What happens in fiction: Maggie kills people for money.
My truth: I think/hope/believe that people will go to extraordinary lengths for those they love.
Maggie isn’t a cold-hearted killer. She fell into her new career as a way to pay for her niece’s medical care.
What happens in fiction: Maggie’s family is nuts (her mother certifiably so) but they come through for each other in a pinch.
My truth: Most of us have at least some dysfunctional/wacky family members, but when the chips are down they can surprise us. (Hopefully!)
Maggie’s aunts drive her crazy, but they love her and each tries to help in their own bizarre ways.
What happens in fiction: A run-in with a chocolate-pudding-loving mobster changes the path of Maggie’s life.
My truth: Interactions with strangers change our lives. Don’t believe me? Your significant other was once a stranger, as were your best friend, your boss, and the person who first recognized your potential.
Tony/Anthony Delveccio (no one can tell the identical twins apart, not even the Feds!) offered Maggie her first contract assassination after she saved the life of Delveccio’s grandson. (Only she, and Patrick, her murder mentor/cop know that she did it by performing “Stop! Drop! And Roll!”)
What happens in fiction: Maggie talks to a snarky lizard, who sounds suspiciously like Severus Snape from the Harry Potter movies.
My truth: Sounding boards and Supporters show up in the most unexpected places.
Maggie needs to talk out her crazy life with someone, otherwise she’s go crazy. Godzilla (who prefers to go by “God” for short) listens, supports, berates, complains and is snarkily sarcastic, but he’s there for her….not that he has much choice since he lives in a terrarium…
What truths of YOURS do you like to explore as a reader or writer of fiction?
You can check out a new post by a different author every day this week on the topic of Truth vs Fiction.
To see a list of participating authors, their posts, and the Twitter conversation that sparked it all, visit http://christianfrey.ca/blog-hop-truth-in-fiction/